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Day 1 – Thursday 12 November

Location: Rutgers Student Center

7:30 - 7:45pm

Welcome speeches

Eric Garfunkel – Vice President for International and Global Affairs

Archer St. Clair Harvey – Director of CHAPS

7:45 – 8:30pm



Keynote Address: Ishmael Beah 

Identity of the Past

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Solider and Radiance of Tomorrow.

Opening Reception

Performance by the Cimarrones, Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena Ensemble



Day 2 – Friday 13 November

Location: Heldrich Hotel

8:30 – 9:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:20am

Welcome Address

Richard L. Edwards - Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

9:20 – 9:50am

Keynote Address: Jyoti Hosagrahar 

Urban Heritage and Inclusive Cities: Shifting Terrains of Preservation

Director, Sustainable Urbanism International GSAPP, Columbia University, New York, and Bangalore &
UNESCO Chair Professor in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore

9:55 - 11:15am

Panel 1: Urban Development: Managing Competing Claims *
Moderator: Ken Taylor, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University
Rapporteur: Melissa Frost, Princeton University School of Architecture

  • Zaire Dinzey-Flores (Sociology, Rutgers University)
    Picturing Neighborhoods through Race and Class (Puerto Rico and Brooklyn)
  • Yue Zhang (University of Illinois, Chicago - Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)
    Beyond the “Slum”: Informal Housing and Urban Heritage in Rio de Janeiro
  • Jeff Soule (American Planning Association)
    The Historic Urban Landscape: Application and Promotion 
11:15 – 11.25am Coffee Break
11:35 – 12:45pm

Panel 2: Environment in the City *
Moderator: Kathleen John-Alder, Rutgers' Department of Landscape Architecture
Rapporteur: Jean Marie Hartman, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture

  • Andrea Parker (Executive Director, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Brooklyn)
    Gowanus: Finding Balance between Clean and Gentrified
  • Susana B. Adamo (The Earth Institute, Columbia University)
    Impact of Climate Change: Migration & Cities in South America
  • Robin Leichenko (Professor and Chair of Geography at Rutgers University)
    Climate change in suburbs: Exploring the interplay between global change processes and urban spatial development
12:45 – 2:00pm Lunch
Christopher’s Restaurant, Heldrich Hotel
2:00 - 3:20pm

Roundtable 1: Heritage in Armed Conflict (longer 1.5 hours session)
Moderator: Eric Davis, Rutgers' Department of Political Science
Rapporteur: Jody Neal-Segergren, Rutgers University

  • Brian Daniels (Penn Cultural Heritage Center)
  • Corine Wegener (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Mohamad Alsiadi (Rutgers, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights)
  • Christine Boyer (Princeton)
  • Malek Jandali (Pianist and Composer, 2014 Global Music Humanitarian Award)
  • Samir Abdulac (Chair, ICOMOS Working Group for the safeguarding of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq; Vice-President, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Historic Towns and Villages)
3.20 – 3:50pm

Exhibition Area**: Poster Competition Display
The winners of the poster competition will be present for Q&A about their poster.

3:50 - 4:15pm

Exhibition Area**: St Croix Memorial Design Documentary Film
St. Croix Studio: Commemorating the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Department of Landscape Architecture students

4:20 - 5:40pm

Panel 3: Urban Memories and Competing Histories *
Moderator: Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi, Rutgers' Department of Anthropology
Rapporteur: Edna Bonhomme, Princeton University Department of History

  • Filip De Boeck (Professor of Anthropology, Univ. of Leuven, Belgium)
    Promises of the Past: The various (after)lives of Congo's urban infrastructure
  • Omar Nagati (Architect and Urban Planner, Cairo, Egypt)
    Public Spaces as a Site of Contestation and Negotiation: Examples of CLUSTER’s projects in Cairo, 2012-2015
  • Mona el-Hallak (Architect and Preservation Activist, Beirut, Lebanon)
    Beirut Between Heritage Preservation and Amnesia
6:00 – 7:45pm

Screening of Revolutionary Medicine

Q&A with Dr. Luther Castillo Harry, founder of the Garifuna Hospital


Day 3 – Saturday 14 November

Location: Heldrich Hotel

9:00 - 9:15am Morning Coffee & Registration
9:15 – 9:35am Ron van Oers Memoriam
9:35 – 11:05am

Panel 4: Urban Cultural Identities *
Moderator: Katharine Woodhouse-Beyer, Assistant Director, CHAPS.
Rapporteur: Emily L. Spratt, CHAPS

  • Mela Zuljevic (Director - Abart Mostar)
    (Re)collecting Mostar
  • Vikas Mehta (School of Planning, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati)
    The Street: A Quintessential Social Space
  • Amy Mills (University of South Carolina, Geography)
    Historical Cultural Geopolitics of Urban Identities and Urban Heritage in Istanbul  
11:10 – 11:45am

                                    Case Study: World Monuments Fund

                                    Lisa Ackerman (Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer -World Monuments Fund)

                                    The Mughal Riverfront Gardens of Agra:  Conservation, Interpretation, and Use of an Urban Oasis in the 21st century

11:45 – 12:45pm

Roundtable 2: Camden, NJ *
Moderator: Robert Lake, Rutgers' Edward  J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Rapporteur: Allan Zaretsky, NYC Planning Department

  • Gloria Bonilla-Santiago - Community Leadership Center, Camden
  • Natasha O. Fletcher - Associate Director of the Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) Camden
  • Jeremiah Bergstrom - Water Resources Program, Rutgers
  • Jake Archer - Camden Safe Streets Coalition Task Force
12:45 – 2:00pm

Christopher’s Restaurant, Heldrich Hotel

2:00 – 3:30pm

Panel 5: Social Services: Education, Employment, Public Health
Moderator: Karen O’Neill, Rutgers' Department of Human Ecology
Rapporteur: Donne Serbe-Davis, CHAPS

  • Charletta Ayers, MD (Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
    Cultural Competencies in Global Health: "Through the Eye of a NGO" 
  • Priscillia Kounkou Hoyveda (Human Rights Lawyer, Now AfriCAN)
    Shifting cities - shifting lives: the social impact on children and   youth moving to cities.
  • Mary Curran (Rutgers Graduate School of Education)
    Community-based Education Opportunities in Urban Settings
3:30 – 3:50pm

Coffee Break
Exhibition Area**: Shifting Cities Class Poster Display
Experiences from Shifting Cities: Cultural Heritage and Community Organizing Workshop

3:50 – 5:15pm

Panel 6: Technology and New Media
Moderator: Marija Dalbello, Rutgers' School of Communication and Information
Rapporteur: Anabelle Rodriguez, CHAPS

  • Tim Raphael (Founding Director, Center for Migration and Global City,  Rutgers)                                               
    “The Newest Americans” Digital Magazine and Documentary Films
  • Angel Nieves (Hamilton College, Digital Humanities)               
    Virtual Heritage Preservation: New Media Practices for Difficult and Lost Histories of the African Diaspora
  • Rianne Dekker (Department of Sociology, Erasmus University, Rotterdam)
    Ethnic Identification in Online Communication: Interethnic, Intra-ethnic and Transnational Contact of Second-generation Migrant Youth
5:30 – 6:15pm Conference Wrap-Up Session
Moderator: Joëlla van Donkersgoed
6:30 – 7:30pm Closing Reception
Performance by the Rutgers Mingus Band

*AIA Learning Units available through Preservation New Jersey, a proud partner of CHAPS and supporter of SHIFTING CITIES: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century.

** Both the posters of the poster competition as the posters of the Shifting Cities class will be on view in the exhibition area throughout the conference.

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