Welcome to the 2021 World Affairs Seminar!
Cities: Urban Life in a Changing World
June 19-25, 2021
Updated 6/23 @ 9:18 PM CDT
- Keep an eye out for a survey at the end of the week! We invite all delegates, parents, sponsors, and guest Rotarians to complete the post-seminar survey so that we can better prepare for future seminars. Thank you in advance for your feedback.
Recordings & Materials
- Click Here to download the MentiMeter results from Dr. Kelly Ottman’s Introductory Session.
- Click Here to view session recording from Sunday’s keynote session, “Democracy and the City” with This is Milwaukee.
- During Monday’s morning discussion group, facilitator Sam asked delegates to draw or describe a city that is “for all”. Click Here to download the creative results from this session!
- Click Here to view session recording from Monday’s keynote session, “Demolition, Loss, and Recreation” with David Shalliol.
- Click Here to view session recording from Monday’s breakout session, “Jane Addams: American Humanitarian, Social Justice Pioneer, and Nobel Laureate” with Rutherford Platt.
- Click Here to view session recording from Monday’s breakout session, “Architecture and Social Change: Three Lessons from Harlem” with Brian Goldstein.
- Click Here to view session recording from Tuesday’s keynote speaker, “Smart Decarceration: How Do We Get There?” with Sean Wilson.
- Click Here to view session recording for Tuesday’s breakout speaker, ““Design Research for Equity: Architecture and Well-Being” with Trudy Watt.
- Click Here to view session recording for Tuesday’s breakout speaker, “Pollution and Young People in the City – Insight into Running Your Own Research” with Samuel Chitty.
- Click Here to download the “What is Nature v What is Pollution” drawings from this session.
- Click Here to view session recording for Tuesday’s breakout speaker, “Discriminatory Taxation against Black Property Owners: A Hidden History of Racism” with Andrew Kahrl.
- Click Here to view session recording for Tuesday’s breakout speaker, David Moore.
- Click Here to view session recording for Wednesday’s keynote speaker, Razia Jan.
For the first time in human history, more people live in cities and urban areas than in other environments. Some would say this is a natural course for humanity. Since our first beginnings we have gathered in tribes and groups, built dwellings in proximity to one another, and developed cooperative organizations to achieve safety, stability and growth. Others would point out that whenever possible individuals have migrated away from tribal clusters to establish places of their own, such as farms, towns and, ultimately urban centers. However we got here, the more than 9 billion people who inhabit the rapidly urbanizing earth face complex and challenging questions. Issues range from sanitation to allocation of resources, personal responsibility to one another and society and the customs and laws that govern our behavior and may impact our very existence.
Video: A Welcome Message from Academic Dean, Dr. Michael Carriere
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