Faculty note: Cruz presents on ‘Indigenous Community Planning’

Associate Prof. Marcelo Cruz (Urban and Regional Studies) will present his research on Indigenous Community Planning in Ecuadorian Amazon from 4 to 5 p.m. April 13, 2017 in the University Union Phoenix Room C. The presentation explores how community and regional planning using agropolitan approaches provide an alternative model of community well being that attempts to improve the quality of life. The event is open to the public and sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Education Center for First Nations Studies.

Galloping in the Galapagos, Jan 2016

Associate Professor (Urban and Regional Studies) Marcelo Cruz shared these photos of the 16 students he led on a January 2016 winter interim trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. They studied the geographic diversity of the northern Ecuadorean Andes and the impacts of urbanization on the Galapagos. Cruz said the students were from many disciplines across campus, providing an enriching and diverse experience for all as they learned from one another. Did you travel with a group last semester or during the interim? Share your experience campus wide by submitting photos and a short summary with UWGB’s Office of Marketing and Communication. E-mail Sue Bodilly, bodillys@uwgb.edu.


Stockbridge, Wis. villiage officials posing with UW-Green Bay students from the Urban and Regional Studies program, from left: Michael Dreckschmidt, Samantha Champine, Casey Murphy and Courtney Maye.

Stockpiling ideas: Planning students aid Stockbridge

Students in the Urban and Regional Planning theory course taught by Prof. Marcelo Cruz traveled to the Calumet County village of Stockbridge Wednesday night to share with the Village Board ideas for the community’s future development.

Posing with village officials were four UW-Green Bay students from the Urban and Regional Studies program, from left: Michael Dreckschmidt, Samantha Champine, Casey Murphy and Courtney Maye.

The students have worked all semester long to create a community profile for the village by meeting with village officials and visiting the community.  Cruz says the students enjoyed the hands-on experience applying what they learned in class to a practical case study.  The project was set in motion when village board member Greg Zickuhr contacedt Cruz last spring to ask if UW-Green Bay could help the village explore visions for the future. Cruz and his students consulted with the village board back in early October to develop a community profile to be used in the visioning exercise.

Pages from 2015.12.Stockbridge-Wis-Community-profile-webThe student report presented Wednesday notes the challenges Stockbridge faces, in terms of an aging population, relatively little retail and what would appear to be a comparatively high rate of vacant housing. It also notes advantages including a rural character, great natural resources with a setting overlooking Lake Winnebago, a rich history, a location that is close (but not too close) to larger population centers, and the fact the availability of rental units could be a plus for tourism- or retirement-related purposes. For a look at the student’s final report, see the Stockbridge: Resilience through Openness A Wisconsin Community Profile.

Faculty note: Cruz is presenter at UW-Milwaukee program

Marcelo Cruz, associate professor of Urban and Regional Studies, is among the roundtable leaders today (Friday, Dec. 4) at the “New Approaches to Latin American Studies” conference hosted by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UW-Milwaukee. His topic isChallenges for Regional Planning in the 21st Century: the Case of Cantón Tena in the Ecuadorean Amazon.” The UW-Milwaukee conference is aimed at exploring new approaches to pushing boundaries in defining the scope of Latin American Studies.

Faculty note: Hutchison presentation on ‘tent graves’

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.

Hutchison invited to help organize 2016 European Sociological conference

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.

Faculty note: Hutchison presentations

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.

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.

New Urban Sociology text has its fans

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