Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Comparative Urbanisms Speaker Series

Cities are now so implicated in each other’s pasts, presents and futures that it is difficult to do urban research that is not, by nature, comparative. This series embraces the comparative and inter-connected
nature of contemporary urbanisms, bringing renowned scholars to the Institute for thought-provoking presentations and discussions.

This GCI speaker series intends to expand our understanding of urban issues domestically and internationally, paying particular attention to those that connect and differentiate contemporary cities. The increasing degree of interdependence, competition, mobility, and knowledge transfer between cities requires that any notion of the urban be conceptualized in explicitly comparative terms. Such an approach builds knowledge about urban phenomena applicable beyond single cases and challenges our assumptions of normative behavior. Invited speakers are renowned scholars who will cover a diverse range of topics from the reuse of vacant, “disfigured” land to policing the city to the role of finance in urban economies.


"Policing in Drag: Giuliani Goes Global with the Illusion of Control"

Winifred Curran
Assistant Professor, Urban and Economic Geography
DePaul University
Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 2:00pm at the Great Cities Institute


"Confronting Decline in an Industrial City"

Norm Krumholz
Professor, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
Monday, March 29, 2010 at 3:00pm at the Great Cities Institute

"The Challenges of the Twenty-First Century City"

Blair Ruble
Director, Kennan Institute
Chair, Comparative Urban Studies Project
Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 3:00pm at the Great Cities Institute


"Urban Forms and Comparisons: Chicago's Near North Side and the Localization of Gentrification Generalized"

Judit Bodnar
Central European University
Endeavor Visiting Scholar at University of Chicago
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 2:00pm at the Great Cities Institute


"Financialization, Crisis and 'Developing' Countries"

Özgür Orhangazi
Roosevelt University
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 3:00pm at the Great Cities Institute