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City and Community Studies Initiative

The City an Community Studies Initiative is pleased to present its first event of the new academic year :

Living Laboratory: Studying Sustainable Urbanism in Our Own Backyard

Changes in Kent, including the Esplanade extension, new hotel and conference center, and mixed-use office and retail space, are bringing new life into a long-stagnant downtown, and reviving a link between the university and the city. Whether intentional or not, the redevelopment is following the prescriptions of sustainable urbanism.

Kelly Turner and Jen Mapes, assistant professors in the Department of Geography, are both interested in the question: What makes a community sustainable? While Kelly explores environmental impacts, and Jen focuses is on planning and policy, both share interests in the connections between natural science, social science, and decision-making in cities.
We invite residents, scholars, and community groups to join them in a discussion about research opportunities on sustainable urbanism here in Kent.

Date: October 3
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Laziza – upper level
As always, we will have some appetizers, with the opportunity to buy beverages
Please feel free to invite your friends.

The City and Community Studies Initiative (CCSI) is a unique collaboration between the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Geography to provide an intellectual community that promotes funded, interdisciplinary research on key issues concerning cities and communities in Northeast Ohio.  In turn, the Initiative aims to enhance student learning, and increases public dissemination of knowledge by bringing together different Kent State University faculty, students, and outside research collaborators.

Dave Kaplan, a Professor in KSU's Geography Department, began CCSI along with other founding members including Richard Adams, Joanna Dreby, and David Purcell from the Department of Sociology and John Hoornbeek from the Department of Political Science.  The partnership of these departments began because each subject area has a hand in the development of the community and the quality of life within a region – a main focus of the Initiative.


Living Laboratory:

Studying Sustainable Urbanism in Our Own Backyard

Thursday October 3rd
Laziza – upper level

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