Local history, health in the built environment, and engineering for good

Over the next two weeks, discuss healthcare and public participation in the built environment, explore the social and political implications of “doing good”, and learn more about the local Seattle art scene.



Urban-Related Events (For more, check out our calendar):


Monday 11/2

Sharon Zukin – The Innovation Complex: Cities, Tech, and the New Economy
Since 2015, New York has joined San Francisco, Boston, and Seattle as “supercities” for the production of new digital technology. How do the new forms of economic activity blend into the existing urban fabric? Where are the invisible networks of power that support a tech ecosystem? Join the UW Tacoma School of Urban Studies for a conversation with Sharon Zukin, Professor Emerita of Sociology at Brooklyn College and City University Graduate Center, to try to answer these questions.

12:25-1:25pm – Online event. Passcode required. 


Wednesday 11/4 (through 11/6)

With a global pandemic, racial injustice, and climate change at the constant forefront of our minds, by now it is clear that we are all living through a major turning point in history. In health care, providing places that protect the health, safety, and welfare of all occupants has never been more critical and yet other demands have not subsided. On November 4, 5, and 6 join AIA Seattle in conversation on what we have learned in the past year and the opportunities to move health care forward together. 
Online event. Registration required.


Thursday 11/5

Burges Endowed Visiting Professor Lecture: Engineering Justice? Rethinking Engineering and our Positions as Engineers in Efforts to Make the World a Better Place
Dr. Khalid Kadir is a Lecturer at UC Berkeley in the Global Poverty & Practice Program, Political Economy, and the College of Engineering. Engineering approaches to problem solving generally treat historical, social, and political systems as unrelated to good engineering work. Such training leaves engineers unprepared to engage with issues related to social injustice, and often positions engineers as agents of dominant power structures, reinforcing the status-quo. Doing better will require engineers to change not only how we do our work, but to also consider what constitutes “good” engineering and how we as individuals and professionals relate to the problems we are trying to address.

3:30-5:00pm – Online event. Passcode required.


Monday 11/9 

Daudi Abe: An Essential History of Hip Hop in Seattle
In this livestream presentation, Daudi Abe chronicles the development of Seattle hip hop from its earliest days, drawing on interviews with artists and journalists included in his book Emerald Street: A History of Hip Hop in Seattle. He traces how the elements of hip hop—rapping, DJing, breaking, and graffiti—flourished in the Seattle scene. He shows how Seattle hip hop culture goes beyond art and music, influencing politics, the relationships between communities of color and law enforcement, the changing media scene, and youth outreach and educational programs. Abe invites us to experience a rich narrative of a dynamic and influential force in Seattle music history and beyond.

7:30-8:30pm – Online event. Registration required.


Thursday 11/12 

What if…? Conversation: Reimagining Public Institutions
2020 has changed all of our lives. Drastic shifts in how we navigate many of the familiar structures that help shape us as citizens – interacting with family and friends, spending time in public places, adapting to new work and learning environments, or discovering the inner workings of our democracy – have left some of us wondering “What if…?” Let’s talk about it. In this interactive event, EJ Juárez, UW Bothell alum and Group Health Foundation public policy manager, will lead us in a conversation about the multi-decade crusade to minimize public spaces and institutions, and we’ll discuss how we could re-imagine civic institutions like libraries, parks, and processes to increase public participation and use. 

4:30-5:30pm – Online event. Registration required.


COVID-19-related resources:

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Front and Centered (formerly Communities of Color for Climate Justice) is a statewide coalition of organizations and groups rooted in communities of color and people with lower incomes; we’re on the frontlines of economic and environmental change. As thought leaders and organizers we build our agenda and strength with our grassroots community. Together we build power and capacity for a Just Transition that centers equity and is led by people of color.

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