Hutchison caps Everyday Life in the 21st Century City conference


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.

Hutchison caps ’21st Century City’ conference in Florence

top-story-italySociology 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.

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 Conference: Everyday Life in the 21st Century City, July 17-20, 2015, Florence, Italy Conference: Everyday Life in the 21st Century City, July 17-20, 2015, Florence, Italy Conference: Everyday Life in the 21st Century City, July 17-20, 2015, Florence, Italy Conference: Everyday Life in the 21st Century City, July 17-20, 2015, Florence, Italy Conference: Everyday Life in the 21st Century City, July 17-20, 2015, Florence, Italy
Photos submitted by Ray Hutchison

In the news: Da Vinci finds permanent UW-Green Bay home

You may have attended or heard about the successful unveiling celebration Wednesday (May 14), held for UW-Green Bay’s new Leonardo da Vinci statue. We’ll have a story and plenty of great photos in tomorrow’s Log Extra, and we weren’t the only ones covering the big event. The Green Bay Press-Gazette and Fox 11 News also were on hand, and the TV station posted a short story with video from the unveiling. One detail isn’t quite right — the story says da Vinci was gifted by a former student — but there are some great visuals of the statue and Lenfestey Courtyard crowd. You can read some background about the Renaissance man’s path to GB here.

Leonardo statue to be unveiled Wednesday in Lenfestey Courtyard

The big day has arrived! In March 2013, UW-Green Bay received a 550-pound bust of Leonardo da Vinci, a gift from the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, founded by Paolo Del Bianco, a Florence, Italy businessman and philanthropist who received an honorary doctorate from UW-Green Bay in 2007. Thanks to the work of Profs. Sarah Meredith Livingston and Ray Hutchison, UW-Green Bay was the first U.S. university to connect with the foundation’s programs, and is the only stateside institution — and one of just five worldwide — receiving a Da Vinci bust from the foundation. The statue will be unveiled at a ceremony 4 p.m. Wednesday (May 14) at its permanent home in the Lenfestey Family Courtyard of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. The unveiling is open to all. We’ll have full coverage in a future issue.