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Urban Studies Forum April 10


The 15th annual University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Urban Studies Forum is set for Saturday, April 10, 8:30 a.m-5:30 p.m. at the Hefter Conference Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive.


Organized by graduate students in the Urban Studies Programs, the forum reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum as well as the interests of a diverse student body. Students from Urban Studies, Geography, Urban Planning and Architecture will present research papers on urban issues.


Roosevelt University Associate Dean D. Bradford Hunt and filmmaker Ronit Bezalel will give a 3 p.m. multimedia presentation about public housing in Chicago, focusing on the redevelopment of Cabrini Green. A panel discussion will follow the presentation.

Urban Studies will also present three annual awards named for Scott Greer, an internationally known urban scholar who was distinguished professor of sociology and urban studies at UWM. He taught and researched at UWM from 1974 until his death in 1996.


UWM alumnus Jeff Eagan, senior program manager in the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will receive the Scott Greer Award for Postgraduate Contribution to Urban Affairs. Eagan works in the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, assisting in “greening the government” and reducing greenhouse gas emissions while saving energy. The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive is responsible for promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship throughout federal government operations.


UWM alumnus John Hagedorn, associate professor of criminology, law, and justice and senior research fellow at the University of Illinois–Chicago’s Great Cities Institute, will receive the Scott Greer Award for Postgraduate Achievement in the Study of Urban Social Institutions.


Hagedorn has been studying gangs and violence for the past 20 years. He is the author of “A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture” and “People & Folks: Gangs, Crime, and the Underclass in a Rustbelt City,” and co-editor of “Female Gangs in America: Essays on Girls, Gangs, and Gender.”


The Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Research in Urban Studies, which recognizes a current student for outstanding research, will be announced at the event.

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