Prof. Ray Hutchison (Sociology) will be presenting an overview of his recent (and continuing) research on tent graves of the Tennessee highlands at the Social Science Research Forum this Friday (Oct. 23) from 2:20 to 3:30 p.m. in Bemis Hall Room 213 at St. Norbert College, De Pere. Hutchison’s talk, titled “East Tennessee Ephemerides: The Tent Graves of East Tennessee,” focuses on a unique feature of regional culture from the Cumberland Plateau: More than 3,000 tent graves dating from 1820 to 1900 are found in the eastern highland rim of the Cumberland Plateau. Local tradition says that they were intended to deflect rain from the grave and to prevent cows from stepping into the soft earth. Hutchison observes, however, that this is also the area of the Second Great Awakening and the birth of many new religious ideas that strongly influence local cultures to the present day. Are there other explanations for the sudden appearance and gradual end of the tent grave tradition? The Social Science Research Forum is a long-running lecture series on the campus of our cross-town cousins and occasionally features UWGB presenters.
Prof. Ray Hutchison of Sociology has been tagged to serve on the Scientific Committee for the next mid-term conference of the RN-37 research network of the European Sociological Association. “Moving cities: Contested views on urban life” will be held June 29-July 1, 2016 at the Jagiellonian University, in Krakow. (That’s the old city of Krakow, Poland, not the more recently settled Krakow, Wis., which is north of Pulaski on Highway 32.) Jagiellonian University is the oldest institution of higher education in Eastern Europe, founded by Casimir the Great in 1364. Hutchison notes that sociology conferences in Europe are much different from those in the United States, drawing scholars from many different countries with vastly different research traditions, much more informed by social theory, and much more interdisciplinary than what one would find here.
Sociology Prof. Ray Hutchison (Urban and Regional Studies) recently returned from Chicago, where he presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. His two papers: “The Right to Urban Theory: Henri Lefebvre and the Misappropriation of Public Space” (co-authored/co-presented with Joao Pedro Nunes from the University of Lisbon-Nova) and “Exploring the World’s Great Public Spaces: Campo San Margherita in Venice.” Hutchison also serves as Chair of CUSS (the Community and Urban Sociology Section) and was responsible for organizing and running the section’s Council Meeting, Business Meeting, and the CUSS Reception.
Sociology Prof. Ray Hutchison of Urban and Regional Studies recently returned from Florence, Italy and the Everyday Life in the 21st Century City conference he organized for the Del Bianco Foundation. Hutchison presented one of the three keynote talks, addressing the topic “When Austerity Came to the United States.” The three-day conference included some 45 speakers from more than a dozen countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, England, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan and the United States. Sessions were organized around the themes of The Right to the City, The Well-Being Challenge, Neoliberal Urban Policy, Suburbanization and New Communities, and Urban Night Life. Hutchison is working with the Del Bianco Foundation to plan a conference for June 2016 on the topic of Immigration: Crisis, Policies, and Remedies. For photos and more.
We came across this recently: A textbook co-authored by Prof. Ray Hutchison, Urban and Regional Studies, was made recommended reading in 2014-2015 for social-ecological researchers involved in the sprawling “Baltimore Ecosystem Study.” Hutchinson and Mark Gottdiener released the fourth edition of The New Urban Sociology in 2010. To see the BES reference to Hutchison’s work, click http://besdirector.blogspot.com/2014/09/bes-book-of-year-2014-2015-gottdiener.html
Sociology Prof. Ray Hutchison of Urban and Regional Studies recently returned from Florence, Italy and the Everyday Life in the 21st Century City conference he organized for the Del Bianco Foundation.
Hutchison presented one of the three keynote talks, addressing the topic “When Austerity Came to the United States.” The other keynotes were by Derek Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center at American University, and Circe Monteiro, chair of Architecture and Planning at the Federal University Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil.
The three-day conference included some 45 speakers from more than a dozen countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, England, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan and the United States. Sessions were organized around the themes of The Right to the City, The Well-Being Challenge, Neoliberal Urban Policy, Suburbanization and New Communities, and Urban Night Life. Speakers included four persons who had presented papers at the first Everyday Life conference (Everyday Life in the Segmented City) in 2010. Hutchison is currently working with the Del Bianco Foundation to plan a conference in June 2016 on the topic of Immigration: Crisis, Policies, and Remedies.
The snapshots here show 1) Participants en route to Capella Medici (the conference provided passes to Florence museums); 2) a tour of the Palazzo Coppini and the offices of Del Bianco Foundation; 3) Simone Giometti, secretary general of the Foundation, introducing one of the sessions; 4) Corinna Del Bianco at the opening plenary session, with Hutchison and Hyra at the table; and 5) Hutchison making a point.
Additional details are being shared about the conference “Everyday Life in the 21st Century City” to be held July 17-20 in Florence, Italy. Prof. Ray Hutchison is coordinating the conference, which will address rapidly increasing diversity and urbanization as well as issues related to huge rural-to-urban migration taking place in countries including India and China. The event is in partnership with the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco. Learn more at the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/EverydayLifeFlorence2015
Economist Thomas Nesslein, associate professor of Urban and Regional Studies, has been chosen to participate in a four-day intensive workshop focused on the poverty theory and policy analysis, sponsored and paid for by the Institute for Research on Poverty at UW-Madison. The event takes place May 26-29. Key topics to be presented include A Historical Overview of Poverty and Poverty Policy, Conceptualizing Poverty, Measuring Poverty, The Causes of American Poverty, Possible Cures for Poverty, The Changing Labor Market and Rising Inequality, Impact of Selected Anti-Poverty Programs in the United States, Early Childhood Experience and Poverty, U.S. Health Policy and the Poor, and Rethinking Human Services.
Assistant Prof. Adam Parrillo of Urban and Regional Studies has published the article “Magnetizing Public Education: The Lingering Effects of Magnet Schools in the Cincinnati Public School District” in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. The article includes information gathered as part of Parrillo’s doctoral research. It examines the racial and socioeconomic patterns of historical school choice policies (magnet schools) within Cincinnati Public Schools and also explores the development of magnet schools, fundamental in the emergence of contemporary school choice, in the context of the political economic project of Neoliberalism. Read the article.
In our most recent issue of the Log newsletter, we linked to Green Bay Press-Gazette coverage of a new Police Department initiative reaching out to residents in the South Broadway neighborhood in a way that involves surveys and analysis by Urban and Regional Studies faculty and students. Actually — and the article didn’t mention it — the partnership also includes the academic unit in Psychology. One of the three interns working at the GBPD is a Psychology major, Taylor Stelter, who worked with Associate Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges and collaborated with the GBPD to create the survey and collect the data from the neighborhoods. Our archived version of the story has been appended to include both Psychology and URS in describing the project. Read story.