"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Urbanist Chronicle

Location: International

Website: www.urbanistchronicle.com

This website is for students of the city, students that I teach directly and students that I will never meet.

Every professor comes across information on a regular basis that s/he desires to share with a broad audience. This website was born out of this desire and out of the generous support of the Student Technology Assistant program at the University of San Diego.

This website is wholly managed by me, John Joe Schlichtman, a professor and urbanist. Many thanks, however, to T.J. Weiten of the STA program who selflessly worked to build, design, and tweak it.

This website has several useful features that make it a useful stop for students of the city.

It is a place where students registered in my courses can access course materials and converse with one another about the course. But it is also a source of many resources that will benefit anyone who is an urbanist at heart.

On the main menu bar:

- The main page (home) has news feeds with urban news from various sources around the world.

- The great works database is a running account of the key works in the urban studies literature.

- The urban news database is a running account of important news stories related to the city.

- The conferences database, is a running account of conferences around the world relating to the city.

- The jobs/internships database is a running record of employment opportunities that I hear about through my personal networks.

- The video gallery links to free films or lectures that relate to key urban issues.

Of course, I am an academic and I am very passionate about my own research: you can find information about my High Point Project on this website as well.

All of these resources are quite imperfect because they are managed almost completely and solely by myself. However, I believe that, nonetheless, this site can be a useful tool for students of the city around the world.

John Joe Schlichtman, PhD, is a professor in the DePaul University Department of Sociology in 2013. His research interests include political economy, globalization, urban change, gentrification, small cities, and homelessness. At previous institutions, Professor Schlichtman received commendations from organizations such as the Black Student Union, the Order of Omega greek life organization, and from his college for his teaching and service.

He is the winner of the 2012 Pacific Sociological Association Praxis Award for impact on organizational institutions, community betterment, and human suffering.

Professor Schlichtman received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration in Urban Sociology from New York University.

Schlichtman’s primary research explores the role of cities, especially small cities, in the global context. Another vein of Professor Schlichtman's research relates to qualitative research methods, especially the integrity of ethnographic work.

His recent research has been published in venues like the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, City and Community, and in various book chapters. Schlichtman, a member of the Research Committee 21 on the Sociology of Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association, has recently presented his work, organized sessions, and moderated discussions in Amsterdam, Tokyo, and São Paulo. He has been involved in efforts to address homelessness and is working toward opening a vein of related research.

Professor Schlichtman teaches courses such as Urban Sociology, Global Cities, Cities and Society, Urban Ethnography, and Qualitative Methods.

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