CURS Director receives prestigious Fulbright Award to the UK

Dr. William RoheDr. William (Bill) Rohe, a faculty member from UNC Chapel Hill has received a Fulbright Research Scholarship to research urban revitalization in Glasgow, Scotland. He will be based at the Urban Lab in the Glasgow School of Art. The US-UK Fulbright scholarship program is on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating in the world.

Created by treaty in 1948, the US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK University. The Commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.

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Announcing the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 CURS Scholar-in-Residence Opportunity

Announcing the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 CURS Scholar-in-Residence Opportunity

With support from the Dean’s Office, College of Arts & Sciences, the Center for Urban & Regional Studies (CURS) is pleased to solicit applications again for its Scholar-in-Residence Program. The CURS Scholar-in-Residence Program provides an opportunity for faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences to concentrate on developing major research proposals by providing funds for a course buyout and for proposal development expenses.  In addition, the CURS Scholar-in-Residence will have full administrative support from the Center’s financial and clerical support staff.  This opportunity will be provided during either the fall semester 2014 or spring semester 2015 based on the candidate’s preference.  Nina Martin from the Department of Geography is the fall 2013 Scholar-in-Residence. As a result, faculty members from Geography are ineligible for the fall 2014/spring 2015 program. Continue reading

Upcoming Brown Bag: Immigrant Advocacy in the U.S. South: Sub-federal policy formation and the impact of pro- and anti-immigrant groups

Nina Martin, Assistant Professor, Geography

late 1800s cartoon In this talk, Dr. Martin will present proposed and on-going research exploring the growth, nature, and trajectory of activism around the issue of immigration in the U.S. South, which has seen unprecedented rates of immigration and an upswing of anti-immigrant sentiment. The research seeks to establish a framework for studying the agency, intention, and tactics of civil society organizations and policy makers as they craft legislation effecting those who are largely disenfranchised. Using a mixed methods approach of survey research and open-ended interviews, the research will document the range of responses by immigrant groups on all sides of the debate to the perceived threats and opportunities created by a political environment espousing the “self deportation” of undocumented immigrants. Continue reading

Upcoming Brown Bag: Sensible Lives, Sustainable Neighborhoods

Dave Wann, author of Affluenza, Superbia! and The New Normal

books by WannAuthor and filmmaker Dave Wann champions a “New Suburbanism,” a creative, incremental approach to reinventing the existing suburban landscape, one neighborhood at a time. Wann has been exploring and promoting opportunities for making our way of life less destructive, more affordable, and more satisfying. He has examined the way we eat, where we choose to live, what policies we support, what we manufacture and buy, how we take care of our health, and what we do in our spare time. His goal is to create a future scenario in which Americans can experience twice the satisfaction for half the resources.

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