CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: June 13, 2002
(Photo: James Throgmorton, symposium organizer)
UI symposium to explore Berlin for insight into urban design and democracy
group of scholars will gather at the University of Iowa June 21-22 to discuss
and explore the relationship between urban spaces and the practice of democracy.
Organized by James A. Throgmorton, a UI professor of urban and regional planning,
"Berlin in America: A Symposium about the Relationship between Urban
Spaces and the Long Term Viability of Democracy," will enable scholars
from a variety of disciplines to discuss how democratic practices and urban
spaces shape one another. They will do so by looking at U. S. cities with
Berlin in mind.
Throgmorton said Berlin provides an excellent "lens" through which
to view American urban spaces because Berlin is a complex city with a rich,
varied, and -- at times -- painful past. He said symposium participants will
consider how recent efforts to preserve, rebuild, and construct urban spaces
in Berlin provide insight into designing urban spaces that can invigorate
and sustain democratic practices in the U. S.
The symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and will meet in room
204 Jefferson Building, 127 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. Although
designed for scholars, the symposium is open to the public. There will be
no registration fee, and no advance registration is required.
This symposium is supported by a major projects grant from UI International
Programs. It is also co-sponsored by the Graduate Program of Urban and Regional
Planning, the Departments of German and Political Science, and the Project
on Rhetoric of Inquiry.
Questions concerning the symposium should be directed to Pamela Butler at
(319) 335-0033 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or to Throgmorton at (319) 335-0037 or email@example.com.