Imagining Urban Futures / During, Despite, and Beyond the Pandemic


Monday, May 3, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Zoom (RSVP Required)

The event, moderated by Bruno Carvalho and Diane Davis, will bring together perspectives from different regions of the globe. AbdouMaliq Simone, Eric Klinenberg, and Hiba Bou Akar will present their views of the connections between the ongoing pandemic and urbanization. They will respond to questions from the moderators as well as attendees. Audience members will have a chance to present questions to the speakers during the event, and in advance at registration.

Please RSVP here.

Persons with disabilities who would like to request accommodations or have questions about physical access may contact Andrea Davies at Please submit your request by April 15th.


AbdouMaliq Simone, Senior Professorial Fellow at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield and Honorary Professor at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town.

Eric Klinenberg, Helen Gould Shepard Professor of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.

Hiba Bou Akar, Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.


Bruno Carvalho, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies, Co-Director of the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative, and Affiliated Faculty in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Diane E. Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism and former Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

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