CELS and The New School is organizing an event on Cities and Social Justice in the Americas

Publish Date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), The New School and the Observatory on Latin America (OLA) | Global Urban Futures Project (Milano) organice the event: Cities & Social Justice: Human Rights & Public Policy in the Americas on October 7, 2015.

This two-part event will bring together  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio,  journalist and human rights advocate Horacio Verbitsky, urban and community planner Ron Shiffman, urbanist Eduardo Reese,  urban rights specialist Edesio Fernandez,  and Don D. Chen Just Cities Program Director of Ford Foundation, to discuss urban human rights and public policy in the Americas.

The first session will respond to current events such as issues of race, class, police brutality, etc. in the Americas to critically examine human rights from an urban perspective. The second session will illuminate the topic of human rights from a broader policy perspective i.e. what policies have successfully dealt with urban human rights issues in Latin America, the United States, and the world, and what policies are needed.


4:00-6:00pm Cities and Social Justice in the Americas

Welcoming Remarks

 Michael Cohen, Director of OLA/The New School


 Margarita Gutman, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and International Affairs, The New School


 Edesio Fernandes, Brazilian lawyer and city planner, Development Planning Unit of University College, London

 Eduardo Reese, Argentine architect, Director of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, Centro de Estudios Legales y

Sociales, CELS, Buenos Aires


 Don D. Chen, Director, Just Cities Program, The Ford Foundation

 6:00-8:00pm Human Rights and Urban Policies: South and North


 Tim Marshall, Provost, The New School


 Mary Watson, Executive Dean, New School for Public Engagement


 Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City (to be confirmed)

 Ron Shiffman, Professor of Urban Planning, Pratt Institute, NY

 Horacio Verbitsky, President of Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales, CELS, Buenos Aires


 Sakiko Fukuda Parr, Professor of International Affairs, NSPE