VIDEO: UN Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik on The Right to Housing

Watch video from the report on the financialization of housing and its impact on the right to adequate housing, by Raquel Rolnik, UN special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing.

The video also contains a tribute to Neil Smith, the founding director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics and Graduate Center Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography.

Complete details of the event can be viewed here.

VIDEO: Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin on “The Making of Global Capitalism”

Watch the video from the conversation about the new book, The Making of Global Capitalism, featuring the book’s authors, Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, along with David Harvey (Anthropology and Geography, CUNY Graduate Center), Maliha Safri (Economics, Drew University), and Duncan Foley (Economics, New School for Social Research).

Details about the original event: http://pcp.gc.cuny.edu/events/the-making-of-global-capitalism/

VIDEO: Norma Guillard – Maestra! The Cuban Literacy Campaign

Watch the video or listen to the audio podcast from the discussion on the Cuban Literacy Campaign between Norma Guillard (Psychology and Gender, University of Havana) and former CPCP fellow, Sujatha Fernandes (Sociology, Queens College and Grad Center).

Details about the original event: http://pcp.gc.cuny.edu/events/maestra-the-cuban-literacy-campaign/

Audio podcast (download):

Oren Yiftachel: “Between Liberalism and Urban Apartheid”

OREN YIFTACHEL, Ben Gurion University, Beersheba, Israel

“Gray Spacing and the Contemporary City: Between Liberalism and Urban Apartheid”

Thursday, November 8, 2012

3.00 pm – 4.30 pm

CUNY Graduate Center Room 6304.01

Free and open to the public.


The lecture conceptualizes what appears to be an emerging new urban order, flowing from structural tensions on the transformation of urban regimes and citizenship.


It draws attention to the pervasive emergence of ‘gray spaces’; that is, informal, temporary or illegal developments, transactions and populations. ‘Gray-spacing’ has become a central strategy through which urban elites manage the unwanted/irremovable, putting in train a process of ‘creeping urban apartheid’. These tensions and trends will be illustrated by highlighting research findings from cities around Europe, Africa and Asia, with special focus on the ‘ethnocratic’ cities of Israel/Palestine.

Co-sponsored by the Graduate Programs in Urban Design (CCNY), Critical Social/Personality and Environmental Psychology and Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Space Time Research Collective (STREAC).

Prof. Yiftachel teaches urban studies and political geography at Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba. His research has focused on critical understandings of the relations between space, power and conflict, with particular attention to ethnic, social and urban aspects of these relations.

He  published over 100 articles and ten authored and co-edited books, including Planning a Mixed Region in Israel (1992), Planning as Control: Policy and Resistance in Divided Societies (1995), Israelis in Conflict (2004), Ethnocracy: Land and Identity Politics in Israel/Palestine (2006), and Indigenous (in)Justice (co-author, 2012 forthcoming).

Yiftachel now serves on the editorial boards of seven international journals, including journals such as Urban Studies, Society and Space and IJMS. He is an essay editor in the journal Planning Theory and a contributing editor of MERIP.

Yiftachel has been an activist in a wide range of human rights and social organizations, including the RCUV – council for unrecognized Bedouin villages, and Adva – center for social equality. He is currently the chair of one of Israel’s largest NGO –  B’Tselem – monitoring human rights violations in the Palestinian Territories. He has been a team member in the planning projects Israel 2020, and in devising plans for Beersheba, Kibbutz movements and Bedouin villages.

For more information or inquiries please contact: Cindi Katz (ckatz@gc.cuny.edu)

VIDEO: Student Leaders Speak Out with Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman

High quality video of the conversation between leaders from hemispheric student struggles in Chile, Quebec, and New York will be posted as soon as it has been edited by the CUNY Digital Media Fellows.

The recorded livestream is available now: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/26173985

Moderated by
David Harvey
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography, CUNY Graduate Center
Featuring
Camila Vallejo
Vice President of the Universidad de Chile Student Federation (FECH)
Noam Titelman
President of the Universidad Católica Student Federation (FEUC)
Jamie Burnett
McGill strike organizer and former AUS councillor
Irmak Bahar
Concordia strike organizer and CSU councillor
Conor Tomás Reed
CUNY Graduate Center organizer and Adjunct Project Coordinator
Denise Romero Franco
Bottom Up Baruch and Students United for a Free CUNY

The event was co-sponsored by
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies–NYU
The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center
The CUNY Adjunct Project
The Hemispheric Institute – NYU
The Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
The Radical History Review
The Yes Lab @ Hemi – NYU

VIDEO+PODCAST: Vijay Prashad on The Karma of Uncle Swami

On October 10, 2012, Vijay Prashad gave a dynamic and wonderfully engaging talk at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he engaged topics ranging from his involvement with South Asian youth in New York, to his first teaching gig, to reflections ten years later on his book The Karma of Brown Folk, to his new book Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today. Video of the event can be viewed below, and an audio podcast of the event can be downloaded as well.

This event was co-sponsored by
Asian Americanists at CUNY
The NYU A/P/A Institute
The Graduate Center Office of the President
The Graduate Center American Studies Certificate Program
The Center for Place, Culture and Politics
The Committee on Globalization and Social Change
Hunter College Asian American Studies
CUNY Asian American Research Institute

The Internet Shares Its Archive of Neil Smith’s Work

Plans are still in formation for a public memorial service at the Graduate Center. Further details will be available in the near future and posted to our mailing list.

Thank you to everyone who shared their memories of and messages for Neil Smith over the past several days. A number of blogs and other media outlets have posted their own tributes to Neil so we wanted to compile some of these in a single place. These posts, like the comments posted on this website, offer a small glimpse into the breadth and reach of Neil’s work. They are in no way exhaustive of Neil’s work, but they hint at the impacts of his work on the world of social theory and political activism.

Photo credit Sabine Bitter via themainlander.com