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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