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Global Week Recap

GW 2015 explores the history and future of cities. How do historians, anthropologists, urban planners, futurists, and bureaucrats think about cities? Begin your thinking about cities with our guiding questions and key concepts, and join us for a keynote arc moving from past to future.

Guiding questions: What has the role of the city been throughout history? How are decisions made in a city? How is community built and maintained in a city? What is the future of “the city”?

Key Concepts Cities Must Have:
Sense of Identity tied to Place

Keynote Arc:
What is Urban?
What is a City?
The History of Cities
The Future of Cities
The Megacity: Challenges and Opportunities 

Local Events Related to Global Week:

December 13, 2014  June 14, 2015

City life has fascinated artists for hundreds of years. Early twentieth-century artists in the United States often depicted the physical and social realities, as well as the potential emotional disconnect, that can accompany urban density. In recent decades, artistic focus shifted to the ramifications of climate change, localism, and globalization. City Limits, City Lifeencourages audiences to think about urbanism in a larger context and coincides with collective efforts to enliven and transform downtown San Jose. It will feature works by Chester Arnold, Karen Carson, John Gutmann, Lordy Rodriguez, Walker Evans, Rolfe Horn, Richard Shaw, and others.

Read more about the exhibition in the San Francisco Chronicle.


Please click the links below to view various resources used to create Global Week 2015.

Global Week Schedule

Global Week Booklet
*Includes workshop descriptions, speakers, and schedules for each class.

Global Investiator Reflection Presentations

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