This week’s seminar in the John Sawyer Seminar Series for 2010-2011 is “Generosity of Cities: Arts, Humanities, and the City.”
The Thursday (March 10) discussion starts from the premise that the arts and humanities, which derive from and inspire a spirit of generosity in cities, are essential to urban health and vitality. The seminar will feature Rick Lowe, who founded Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas, and Glenn Weiss, manager of public arts in New York City's Times Square.
The broader seminar series, “Now Urbanism: City Making in the 21st Century and Beyond,” is intended to provoke conversation about what it means for people everywhere when millions around the world are moving into cities. The series title is intended to suggest not merely the topic of The City but a practice: a process of seeing and remaking our world locally, regionally, and globally.
If you're up for doing a few pre-seminar readings on "Generosity of Cities," a list is appended to the seminar description on the series website. The site also links to past lectures in the series.
Coming in April and May are “Next Eco-Cities: Imaginations and Futures” (April 7), Next Eco-City Symposium (April 8), “Social Justice, Inequality and Cities” (May 5), and “The University and the City” (May 26).
If you go: “Generosity of Cities: Arts, Humanities, and the City,” Thursday (March 10), 6:30 p.m., Kane Hall Rm. 120 at the UW (directions and parking). Series seminars are free and open to the public.