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Leading authority on globalization addresses conference on cities and conflict at the Munk School of Global Affairs

January 29, 2013

TORONTO, ON — Sask­ia Sassen, a lead­ing author­i­ty on glob­al­iza­tion from Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty, will be the keynote speak­er at a con­fer­ence on cities and con­flict being held at the Munk School of Glob­al Affairs on Feb­ru­ary 1–2, 2013.

The first con­fer­ence of its kind in Toron­to, The Urban Era: Com­par­ing Chal­lenges in the World’s Cities will exam­ine issues of peace, con­flict and jus­tice as they man­i­fest them­selves in cities. The pan­els will address a wide range of these top­ics through a com­par­a­tive urban lens with dis­tin­guished speak­ers from var­i­ous fields, includ­ing experts from Princeton’s Inno­va­tions for Suc­cess­ful Soci­eties and the Jerusalem Old City Ini­tia­tive.

“At a time when the open city is under attack from so many sides, one ques­tion we might ask is whether there are chal­lenges we con­front in cities that are larg­er than the hatreds […] and inequal­i­ties that beset our cities.”
— Pro­fes­sor Sask­ia Sassen

The Con­fer­ence is orga­nized by the Peace, Con­flict and Jus­tice Pro­gram at the Trudeau Cen­tre, Munk School of Glob­al Affairs.


WHAT: 7th Annu­al Peace, Con­flict and Jus­tice Con­fer­ence – The Urban Era: Com­par­ing Chal­lenges in the World’s Cities

WHO: Sask­ia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd (Pro­fes­sor of Soci­ol­o­gy at Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty), Pro­fes­sor Scott Bol­lens (Warm­ing­ton Chair in Peace and Inter­na­tion­al Coop­er­a­tion, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Irvine), Pro­fes­sor Fon­na For­man (Co-Direc­tor of the Cen­tre on Glob­al Jus­tice, UCSD), and Julius Grey, Law Pro­fes­sor (McGill Uni­ver­si­ty & Uni­ver­sité de Mon­tréal)

WHERE: Munk School of Glob­al Affairs, Vivian & David Camp­bell Con­fer­ence Facil­i­ty, 1 Devon­shire Place, Toron­to, ON

WHEN: Keynote: Feb­ru­ary 1st, 7pm — 8:30pm, Pan­els: Feb­ru­ary 2nd, 9:30am — 5:30pm


Estab­lished in 2001, the Trudeau Cen­tre gives a select group of students—drawn from Cana­da and around the world—the prac­ti­cal knowl­edge they need to advance the cause of peace. The Peace, Con­flict and Jus­tice pro­gram con­fronts some of human­i­ty’s most com­plex chal­lenges. The pro­gram empha­sizes the inte­gra­tion of prac­ti­cal and the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge and the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary nature of peace and con­flict.


For more infor­ma­tion and reg­is­tra­tion, please con­tact:

Sim­mon Li, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tor