WRITER: BETHNEY LARSON
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Release: Oct. 17, 2001
Harvard law professor to speak at UI about urban challenges
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A leading national expert in urban affairs will visit
the University of Iowa Oct. 25-26 as an Ida Beam Cordelia Distinguished Visiting
Professor. Gerald Frug, the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard
University, will give two free, public lectures during his visit.
Frug will speak about "The Geography of Community" on Friday,
Oct. 26, in W151 Pappajohn Business Building from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This presentation
focuses on "community building" as a way of increasing the capacity
of residents in a metropolitan region to live with people who are different
from them. Frug will also speak about competition between cities in the same
region in, "Decentering Decentralization," on Thursday, Oct. 25,
at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Jefferson Building. Jim Throgmorton,
associate professor of urban and regional planning and an organizer of Frug's
visit, said the Friday afternoon lecture would be of particular interest to
a broad range of citizens and public officials.
Frug's lectures will focus on how legal rules shape modern cities, and he
will outline a set of alternatives to bring down the walls that now keep metropolitan
areas divided into neighborhoods of privilege and poverty, often along lines
of ethnicity and race.
Frug has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981. He is the author of the
critically acclaimed book "City Making: Building Communities without
Building Walls," which explores the division of American cities into
neighborhoods of privilege and poverty. His articles and essays have appeared
in such prestigious publications as the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review,
Environmental Law Review and Fortune magazine.
Frug's visit is cosponsored by the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional
Planning, the College of Law, the Department of Political Science and the
Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry. His activities at the UI are supported
by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, which
brings outstanding scholars to the UI campus for residencies ranging from
a few days to an entire academic year. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed
her farm to the UI in 1977. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to
establish the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds
of eminent scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public
lectures and to meet with students and faculty.
For more information contact Jim Throgmorton, associate professor of Urban
and Regional Planning, at 335-0037 or email@example.com.