A collaboration between the UC San Diego Center for Urban Ecologies in the Visual Arts Department and the UC San Diego Center on Global Justice.

A set of public programs that address pressing bio-regional and global socio- economic, urban and environmental issues. These meetings focus on a critical analysis of local conflicts in order to re-evaluate the meaning of shifting global dynamics, across geo-political boundaries, natural resources, cultural demographics, urbanization and social justice. In previous years, the series has included Eyal Weizman, Andrew Ross, Richard Sennett, Hou Hanru, MAP Office and many others.

The 2014-15 speakers represent some of the most important and vibrant voices today in the fields of design, architecture, urbanism and social / political theory, including writer and curator Justin McGuirk (October 21, 2014); political theorist Benjamin Barber (February 5); New York Times architectural critic, Michael Kimmelman (March 6); French architect Anne Lacaton (April 7); Dutch artist-activist Jeanne Van Heeswijk (April 9); former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, Antanas Mockus (May 27); and political theorist James Tully (October 29).

The Civic Imagination Series is co-curated by Fonna Forman, co-director of the Center on Global Justice, and Teddy Cruz, co-director of the Center for Urban Ecologies in the Visual Arts Department.



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Teddy Cruz
Professor, Department of Visual Arts
UC San Diego

Fonna Forman
Associate Professor of Political Science
UC San Diego


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