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Welcome to Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts & Sciences. It draws on faculty and resources across the university and the city to offer students a multi-faceted approach to the study of urban trends.

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Neighbors, Nightclubs, and Noise: Sound and Urban Relations in Mexico City

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Presenter: Elizabeth Bynum, PhD Candidate, Music and Anthropology Discussant: David Gouverneur, Associate Professor of Practice, Landscape Architecture   Mexico City has consistently ranked as one of the world’s…



Public Shaming and Social Policing in Republican Rome

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Presenter:  Jordan Rogers, PhD Candidate, Ancient History Discussant: David Grazian, Professor of Sociology and Communication, Faculty Director of Urban Studies   How did urban communities in Republican Rome (ca. 5th…



The World Is Always Coming to an End: Pulling Together and Apart in a Chicago Neighborhood

Save the Date for the 2021 Bodek Lecture!
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Stay tuned for registration link!   Carlo Rotella (carlorotella.com) is a Professor of American Studies, Journalism, and English at Boston College. He writes for the New York Times Magazine, and he has been a regular…

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