Jean-Paul Addie (York University, Toronto)

Jean-Paul’s research examines cities, and their surrounding urban regions, as strategic arenas within which transformations in capitalist accumulation regimes, modes of financial and social regulation, and state divisions of labour are configured, scaled and articulated. Through a comparative study of transportation infrastructure and policy in Toronto and Chicago between 1929-present, his dissertation explores how regional economic formations and shifting scalar political constellations shape, and are shaped by, geo-historically contingent modes of urbanisation in order to conceptualise the production and potential of city-regional space.

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Matthias Bernt (University of Leipzig)

Matthias Bernt is a political scientist, specializing in urban governance and local politics with about ten years of research experience in the fields of urban renewal politics. Recent projects observe problems of governance in shrinking cities. The main focus of his work is on questions of decision-making in urban politics with particular attention paid to civil-society participation.
Besides academic research Matthias Bernt has worked on several projects as a scientific policy advisor. Matthias Bernt is winner of the Young Talent Award of the German Association for Political Science 2004. He teaches at the University of Leipzig.

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Dorothee Brantz (Center for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin)

Dorothee Brantz is assistant professor of urban history at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the TU Berlin. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2003, she held fellowships in Berlin, Washington, DC, and Cologne. She has published several articles on the topic of urban environmental history and is currently completing a book manuscript on the history of slaughterhouses in 19th-century Paris, Berlin, and Chicago.

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Ian Chodikoff

Ian Chodikoff is an architect and the editor of Canadian Architect magazine. With a background in political science, he holds graduate degrees in architecture and urban design from the University of British Columbia and Harvard University respectively. He has undertaken projects ranging from the relationship between the natural and man-made influences of urban parks to the effects of social inclusion and community diversity on urban design. Since May 2006, he has helped facilitate a series of charrettes and presentations with the City of Toronto and the Design Exchange to improve the built environment in several priority neighbourhoods across Toronto. He is currently working on a project entitled Fringe Benefits: Cosmopolitan Dynamics of a Multicultural City where he will be curating an ongoing exhibition exploring the effects of multiculturalism on Toronto’s suburban communities. As an affiliate of the Institute for International Urban Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he is currently participating in a study examining the effects of transnationalism and land markets in West Africa. He has lectured in various universities and cities across North America and Europe, has served on numerous juries and has written in a variety of magazines and journals on issues ranging from planning and sustainability. Committed to the profession, he has served on committees including the Toronto Society of Architects, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, as well as having been a consultant with the Canada Council for the Arts on the subject of architectural competitions.

Rodolphe el-Khoury

Rodolphe el-Khoury is Canada Research Chair in Architecture and Urban Design and partner in the design firm Khoury Levit Fong. He is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books in history, and theory and a regular contributor to professional and academic journals. He has received several awards for his design work as principal of ReK Productions, a research-oriented studio that frequently collaborated with international multi-disciplinary teams on ambitious projects in sustainable architecture and urban design. Recent projects include the Toronto Lower Don Lands Competition (Finalist) and The Stratford Market Square competition (Jury Recognition Award).

Rob Fiedler (York University, Toronto)

Rob’s research explores Toronto’s evolving ‘middle-landscape’. Specifically, he is interested in how current suburban residents are adapting, reordering and reconstituting the physical, social and political spaces of Toronto’s suburbs to meet increasingly diverse needs.

Marcus Funck (York University, Toronto)

Marcus Funck joined the CCGES and the History Department as the DAAD Visiting Professor in summer 2006. His teaching and research interests include the social and cultural history of Modern Germany (esp. nobilty & elites, military & sports), urban history (cities & war, global cities), and recent international history combining the history of international relations with the (national) history of societies. In his current research project, he analyses the creation of the international (and later global) air-traffic system and the experiences of modern air-travel from the 1920s to the 1960s as part of a general history of globalisation.

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Andrea Gabor

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Ken Greenberg (Greenberg Consultants, Toronto)

Architect and Urban Designer Ken Greenberg has played a leading role on a broad range of assignments in highly diverse urban settings in North America, and Europe. Much of his work focuses on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighborhoods, and campus master planning. His projects include the award-winning Saint Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework, the Brooklyn Bridge Park on the East River in New York, the East River waterfront in Lower Manhattan, the Fan Pier in Boston, the Southwest and Southeast Waterfronts in Washington, D.C., the Vision Plan for the District of Columbia and the preparation of a Master Plan for the NoMA District (North of Massachusetts Avenue) in Washington D.C., Kendall Square and NorthPoint Master Plans in Cambridge, the Downtown Hartford Economic and Urban Design Action Strategy, the preparation of a Strategic Framework for Midtown Detroit surrounding the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University, the implementation of the Harbourfront Master Plan and Plans for the new FilmPort (Toronto Film Studios complex) on the Toronto Waterfront and an interim role as Chief Planner at the BRA (Boston Redevelopment Authority) for the City of Boston including oversight of the Crossroads Initiative which builds on the ‘Big Dig’ and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. In each city, with each project, his strategic, consensus-building approach has led to coordinated planning and a renewed focus on urban design.

Current efforts include implementing the Master Plan for the renewal of Regent Park, a major public housing project in Toronto, plans for the new Don River Park in Toronto, a Master Plan for the Grand Parade in Halifax, integrated strategies for transit-oriented redevelopment along the proposed new north/south LRT line in Ottawa, the preparation of the San Juan Waterfront Master Plan in San Juan, P.R., the preparation of a Master Plan for the former Rockcliffe Military Base in Ottawa, the preparation of the 2010 Vision and Strategic Framework for Hartford, and a Strategic Master Plan for Boston University. Ken Greenberg is also a key member of the winning team with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates selected by the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation for the Lower Don Lands, a comprehensive plan for the mouth of the Don River where it enters Toronto Harbour addressing urban design, transportation, naturalization, sustainability and other ecological issues.

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Anne Haila (University of Helsinki)

Doctor Anne Haila is Professor of Urban Studies, the Department of Social Policy, the University of Helsinki, Finland. She teaches urban studies, urban theory, comparative urban research and urban development. In recent years she has focussed on property rights, property markets and the role of state intervention in regulating property market. Cases of her research have been particularly Singapore (where she taught urban economics for two years at the National University of Singapore), Finland, China and Hong Kong. Some recent publications are: The market as the new emperor. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2007, 31, 3-20 and The University of Helsinki as a developer. 2008, In W. Wiewel & D. Perry (eds.) Global Universities and Urban Development. M.E. Sharpe, New York.

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Shelley Hornstein (York University, Toronto)

Shelley Hornstein is the Walter L. Gordon Fellow and Associate Professor of Architectural History & Visual Culture. She is published widely on the examination of place and spatial politics in architectural and urban sites. Some of the themes she is exploring are “starchitecture,” Jewish topographies, architectural tourism, and department stores, malls and streetscapes of fashion. Her edited books include: Capital Culture: A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions, and the Value(s) of Art (McGill-University Press, 2000); Image and Remembrance: Representation and The Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2002), and Impossible Images: Contemporary Art after the Holocaust (NYU Press, 2003). The recipient of many prestigious awards, she is currently completing a book entitled Losing Site: Architecture and Places, Lost and Found and preparing another: Romancing the Stone: Architectural Tourisms and our Fascination with Buildings and Places. As Executive Director and Co-Founder of, she has co-developed the first online contemporary space devoted to Jewish culture, virtual space and diaspora. Elsewhere, her work appears in several anthologies and scholarly journals. She was Visiting Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociale, Paris, and at the University of Bologna, and has been invited to speak at universities and public events at many international venues.

A graduate of the Université des Sciences Humaines, Strasbourg, France, Professor Hornstein has taught at York University since 1985. Her courses include Memory and Place, Paris as Modernist Dream, The Celluloid City, No Place like Home, and The Metropolis Revisited. Prior to York University, she taught at Concordia and Laval Universities. She is a member of York’s graduate programs in Art History, Culture and Communications, and Social and Political Thought. She has served as Associate Dean, Co-Director of the Centre for Feminist Research, and twice Chair of Department of Fine Arts, Atkinson College.

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Maria Kaika (University of Manchester)

Maria Kaika (United Kingdom) is Reader in Urban Geography at Manchester University. She holds a D.Phil. in Geography (Oxford University) and an MA in Architecture (National Technical University of Athens). Her research focuses on urban political ecology and on iconic buildings. Her project on Re-imagining London and Rebuilding the City (British Academy funding) examines how changes in the structure and ethnography of the Corporation of London impact the form, function and symbolism of architecture in London’s business district (the Square Mile). The project’s objectives are to: (1) deepen our understanding of the relationship between socio-political practices of urban patronage and architectural form and to (2) open up a dialogue between geography, urban studies, cultural studies, and architecture. Maria Kaika has collaborated with over 20 international academic institutions, policy making bodies, artists, and companies in urban projects funded by the European Commission (Frameworks IV and V), ESRC-NERC-CASE (Environment Agency), the British Academy, the Heinz Endowment, and the National Research Foundation of Greece. She held visiting appointments at Queen Mary, London, and the University of Leuven, and is Executive board member of the ‘Remaking Cities Institute’, Carnegie Mellon University. She is Trustee of the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies, and editorial board member of: The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; CITY: journal of urban trends and culture; and European Urban and Regional Studies. She has been Executive board member of the Urban Research Group, Institute of British Geographers’, and acted as Urban Geography advisor for the British Educational Excellence Board, and Teaching Liaison Officer for the Royal Geographical Society. She is author of: City of Flows: Modernity, Nature and the City (New York: Routledge 2005), co-editor (with N Heynen and E Swyngedouw) of In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology and the metabolism of urban environments (London: Routledge 2006), and of many articles in refereed journals.

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Roger Keil (York University, Toronto)

Roger Keil is the Director of the City Institute at York University and Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Toronto. He holds a Staatsexamen and Dr.Phil. from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt. Keil’s research focus is on comparative urban and regional governance, particularly in global cities. He holds a Canadian SSHRC grant for a project on metropolitan governance in Toronto, Montreal, Frankfurt, and Paris. Keil’s research has recently been on cities and emerging infectious disease: the SARS crisis, the potential flu, homelessness and TB. Keil is principal investigator of an Infrastructure Canada-sponsored research project with the title In-Between Infrastructure: Urban Connectivity in an Age of Vulnerability. Among his publications are Los Angeles: Urbanization, Globalization and Social Struggles (Chichester: John Wiley, 1998); Nature and the City: Making Environmental Policy in Toronto and Los Angeles (with Gene Desfor) (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2004); (ed. with N.Brenner) The Global Cities Reader (London und New York: Routledge, 2006). Keil has three books forthcoming: with J.A.Boudreau and D.Young, Changing Toronto: Governing the In-Between, The Global and The Local. Peterborough: Broadview Press; ed. with Rianne Mahon, Leviathan Undone? The Political Economy of Scale. Vancouver: UBC Press; and ed. with S.H.Ali, Networked Disease: Emerging Infections and the Global City. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Keil is the co-editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) and a co-founder of the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA).

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Stefan Kipfer (York University, Toronto)

Stefan Kipfer teaches urban politics and planning at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. He just completed a co-edited book on Henri Lefebvre entitled Space, Difference, and Everyday Life: Reading Henri Lefebvre. His current research focus is on dynamics of ‘colonization’ and suburbanization in metropolitan areas, including Paris and Toronto.

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Helmut Klassen (York University, Toronto)

Helmut W. Klassen is a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in Communication and Culture at York University, Toronto. His dissertation, “ ‘Life as it is’: A Critical Renovation of the Architectural Project,” dialectically examines the ethics and poetics of the French Surrealist and Russian Constructivist avant-gardes to re-think the conditions of contemporary planning in architecture and in the city in relation to the classical philosophical idea of justice as the appropriate or true measure of life. Within the question of ‘life as it is’ (Vertov), the work addresses themes of thought and action (technology), visibility and invisibility, and imagination and memory in design and production. He also works professionally in architecture in the field of planning and design of museums, galleries, and cultural institutions across Canada with Lundholm Associates Architects, Toronto.

Leslie Korrick (York University, Toronto)

Leslie Korrick is an Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Cultural Studies program, Faculty of Fine Arts, at York University, with graduate appointments in Art History and Science and Technology Studies, and is the winner of the Dean’s Senior Faculty Teaching Award, Faculty of Fine Arts, 2006-07. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Her current teaching and research (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) focus on intersections between the fine and performing arts, both historical and contemporary; constructions of culture through art forms and urban spaces; and interdisciplinary methodologies. In June 2008, she will be teaching a course in Rome that investigates the city’s multi-faceted urban history, structure, and ethos through its arts and architectural projects and municipal cultural initiatives. Korrick is completing a book-length manuscript on relations between the visual arts and music in sixteenth-century Italy, aspects of which have been published in Art and Music in the Early Modern Period (Ashgate, 2003), Improvisation in the Arts (Western Michigan University Press, 2003), and The Sounds and Sights of Performance in Medieval and Renaissance Music (Ashgate, forthcoming 2008). She is also a member of the editorial collective for InTensions, an e-journal on the theatricality of power and sensory regimes. Outside the university, Korrick has collaborated with a wide variety of Canadian arts collectives and institutions including, most recently, the Music Gallery and the Toronto International Film Festival Group.

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Elena Lamberti (University of Bologna)

Elena Lamberti teaches American & Canadian Literature at the University of Bologna, Italy. She has published essays on English and Anglo-American Modernism, and on Anglo-Canadian culture (late 20th Century). She is the author of the volume Marshall McLuhan. Tra letteratura, arti e media (Bruno Mondadori, 2000); editor of the volume Interpreting/Translating European Modernism. A Comparative Approach (Compositori, 2001); co-editor of Il senso critico. Saggi di Ford Madox Ford (with V. Fortunati, Alinea 2001), Ford Madox Ford and The Republic of Letters (with V. Fortunati, CLUEB 2002); co-editor of Memories And Representations of War in Europe: the Case of WW1 and WW2 (with V. Fortunati. Rodopi, forthcoming). Her areas of study also include: cultural memory (trauma and controversial memories); media studies; interfacing sciences/humanities. She is among the promoters of the European Thematic Networks ACUME and ACUME2 (respectively on “Cultural Memory” and “Interfacing Sciences, Literature and the Humanities”, grouping than 70 partner universities across Europe and North America); and among the promoters of EU/Canada Cooperation Program CEMMENTI – Exploring cultural implications related to immigration, identity and multiculturalism.

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Ute Lehrer (York University, Toronto)

Ute Lehrer is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University and was the Coordinator of Planning Programs at FES until July 1, 2007. Before joining York University, Lehrer was an Assistant Professor at Brock University, Canada, and at SUNY Buffalo, USA. Lehrer received a Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in urban planning, and a lic.phil from the University of Zurich, Switzerland in art and architectural history, sociology as well as economic and social history. In the 1990s, she worked at the Swiss Federal University of Technology, Zurich, (ETH). She also was the architecture critic for one of Switzerland’s largest daily newspaper.

Lehrer has published widely on architecture, urban design and planning. Her ongoing research interest is in cities and globalization, where she is concerned with image production in and through the built environment, as well as social and economic justice. Currently, Lehrer is conducting a research project, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, on “Urban images, public space and the growth of private interests in Toronto”, where she studies the condominium boom, the extension of cultural facilities and the meaning of public space. Her earlier work includes the analysis of mega-projects, the relationship between urban form and economic restructuring as well as historic preservation. Her work is located in cities such as Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Zurich, Frankfurt and Toronto.

Among her most recent publications are: “Re-placing Canadian Cities: The Challenge of Landscapes of ‘Desire’ and ‘Despair’” In: T. Bunting and P. Filion (eds.) The Canadian City in Transition, 2006, 3rd edition, Oxford Press, 438-449; and “Willing the Global City: Berlin’s Cultural Strategies of Interurban Competition After 1989” In: N. Brenner and R. Keil (eds.), The Global City Reader, 2006, Routledge.

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David Lieberman (University of Toronto)

Educated in architecture, sculpture, and industrial design at Cornell University in New York, California Institute of the Arts, California Institute of Technology, and the Architectural Association in London, England, David Lieberman has been a practicing architect since 1974. He is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design, University of Toronto and has a long term adjunct appointment at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo. He has taught at the Laban Institute of Dance and in both Planning and Landscape Design in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Teaching responsibilities include thesis, urban design, comprehensive building studios, and lecture seminars in the culture of architecture. He has moderated sessions at the Digital Fabrications Conference and the Northern Voices Choral Festival. Recent work includes a cultural college for the Hobbema Cree Nation, production design for feature films and the stage, design of a 200 metre operable floating bridge, a house on the Toronto Islands, a medical clinic, a 25,000 sq.ft. roof garden, and a 150 unit residential condominium. Current work includes technical consultancy to a millwork fabricator, industrial design for a steel fabricator, several residences in the Toronto area, a four-plex in Manhattan, and a new daycare facility. Materials development and testing are ongoing research activities in addition to the construction of large scale alchemical instruments in landscape. As a member of the planning committee for the soundaXis festival of New Music and a board member of the Music Gallery, research has, of late, focused on listening to the sounds and desires of the city. David Lieberman is not a musician, but has enjoyed the pleasures of music and is constantly challenged by the space between notes.

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Mary Lou Lobsinger (University of Toronto)

Mary Lou Lobsinger is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design where she teaches courses in architectural history and theory, and design studio. She received a B.A. from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Waterloo, a M.Des.S. in Architectural History and Theory from the Graduate School of Design and a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture from Harvard University. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled The Realist Impulse: Aldo Rossi and Postwar Italian Architectural Discourse. Her scholarly work has appeared in Grey Room, Daidalos, Journal of Architecture Education, Thresholds, and in anthologies including Italian Cityscapes. Culture and Urban Change (Exeter, 2004), Anxious Modernism. Experimentation in Postwar Architectural Culture (MIT, 2000), and Architettura spazio scritto (UTET, 2001). Recent essays are forthcoming in the proceedings from the Docomomo: Import-Export: Postwar Modernism in an Expanding World, 1945-1975 conference of 2005 and from the Institut Recherche en Histoire de l’Architecture seminar on architectural periodicals in the 1960s. She has received fellowships for her scholarly work from the Canadian Centre for Architecture (a doctoral research and a visiting scholar fellowship), grants from the Graham Foundation, a grant and fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and fellowships from the Graduate School of Design, and Harvard University. Prior to graduate studies she taught design at University of Waterloo and worked as a designer. She also pursued a creative practice that addressed urban and landscape issues and dealt with affective and atmospheric conditions that emerge between body and built environment. Realizations have included full-scale installations for multi-disciplinary – music, dance, and design – performance projects and projects produced for publication. This work was supported by grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Design Council, and the Canada Council.

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Sara Macdonald

Sara Macdonald has been the coordinator of the City Institute at York University (CITY) since 2006. She has a Master’s of Environmental Studies and Bachelor’s of Environmental Studies from York University. Her research interests include urban and regional planning and her Master’s major paper was on the Greenbelt Plan and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Stephen Mak

I went to architecture school at the University of Waterloo, and graduated a long time ago. I’ve not fulfilled the ambitions of being a starchitect, but instead, practice architecture as a serf, making buildings in the suburbs dealing with far too many engineers worried about traffic circulation.

Heather McLean (York University, Toronto)

Heather McLean is a PhD student and a member of Toronto-based activist collective Planning Action and an executive member of the City Institute at York University (CITY). Heather has a background in community development and urban planning. She has pursued this line of work in rural British Columbia, Southern Africa and Toronto. She is currently in the Environmental Studies at York researching the tensions between community development, arts funding and gentrification in urban planning policies.

Linda Olson (University of Denver)

Linda began teaching for the University of Denver in the Department of Human Communication. Her area of communication focus includes group and team communication, collaborative leadership, leadership and ethics. Linda’s research has focused in the past few years on leadership development amongst public health and environment leaders in the Rocky Mountains. Currently her research is focused on the development of young citizen leaders through programs such as the Pioneer Leadership Program, a Leadership Studies minor which she directs with over 200 undergraduates at the University of Denver. Linda brings a vibrant interest in international and intercultural issues to the classroom and program at DU. She has led and trained adult and student groups involved in international service learning throughout the world. In addition, Linda is active in local leadership in her own community as a city commissioner appointed by the Englewood City Council.

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Dean Saitta (University of Denver)

Dean J. Saitta is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Denver. He has a BA degree from Wake Forest University and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts. His research interests are in North American prehistoric and historic archaeology, comparative urban form and monumentality, and the political economy and ideology of built environments. He has researched settlement pattern, town plan, and social change in ancient (13th century) Zuni society of west-central New Mexico, where he directed DU archaeological field schools throughout the 1990s. He is currently Co-Director of the Colorado Coal Field War Archaeological Project. This is a multi-university collaboration aimed at better understanding events related to a 1913-14 coal miner’s strike, including how space, place, and the built environment were used as tactical resources in the conflict. Prof. Saitta has lectured and served as an outside juror for student design projects at the University of Colorado’s School of Architecture and Planning. He teaches courses in evolutionary anthropology and archaeology. He contributes to the University of Denver’s Urban Studies curriculum through his course “Culture and The City” and his study abroad course “Monumental London.”

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Robert Sanford (University of Denver)

I am an ecologist and I practice the science with an ecosystems lens. Ecosystems have been affected by human uses for at least 14 millennia in North America, longer elsewhere. Urban systems represent the apex (or trough) of human interaction with ecosystems and include an array of exchanged goods and services. My teaching and research experience include; human ecology, fire, soils and nutrients, global change, and urban ecology. I taught Urban Ecology for a term in Bologna 2006 as part of the University of Denver/University of Bologna Civic Engagement program. Currently I serve on the Ecosystems Studies panel at the US National Science Foundation and I am an associate editor of the Journal of Life Sciences and Natural Resources Education.

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Julian Smith (York University, Toronto)

Julian Smith is the assistant organizer for the workshop. He is a Master’s student in the Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson. His research interests include the nature of play and improvisation within rule-bound structures, especially in board games and improvised music. He is also a part time clarinetist in the army reserves.

Roberta Waldbaum (University of Denver)

Roberta Waldbaum is the Anna Maglione-Sie Chair in Italian Culture and assistant professor of Italian at the University of Denver (DU). I received my Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at DU with a cognate in second language acquisition and language pedagogy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California. With Giovanna Franci of the University of Bologna, I am the co-director the DU/Bologna International Center for Civic Engagement in Bologna where I also teach. My teaching includes Italian language, literature and cinema courses as well as general education courses on Italian society and culture, and my passion for teaching has been recognized with two university teaching awards. My research interests and publications include language competencies and study abroad, language pedagogy, Italian and European cinema and the teaching of language and culture, travel literature and film and the pedagogy of international service-learning and civic engagement.

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Thorben Wieditz (York University, Toronto)

Thorben Wieditz studied urban planning at the University of Dortmund, Germany before coming to Toronto in 2002. He holds a Master in Environmental Studies from York University and will be starting his PhD at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University this Fall. He is currently the research coordinator for the SSHRC funded project “Urban Images, Public Space and the Growth of Private Interests in Toronto” by Ute Lehrer. Thorben is particularly interested in researching residential and commercial gentrification and the role of capital reinvestment into Toronto’s downtown core through the influx of residential high-rise condominium developments and the conversion of industrially designated spaces to accommodate ‘higher and better’ uses. He understands gentrification as a window into larger political and economical restructuring processes and tries to reconcile structural forces with the agency of local actors.


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