The City is a Global Space

Talk with Professor Sudhir Venkatesh

March 28, 2013 • 12-1:30PM

Columbia University, International Affairs Building, Room 918

  • Sudhir Venkatesh, William B. Ransford Professor of Sociology

How might site-specific research shed light on global issues, and how can global issues inform solutions to particular urban issues, such as gun-control or gang violence?

How might “thinking globally” shape the roles of scholar and activist? What sorts of responsibilities does the academy have to affect action, whether that be through involvement in policy or advocacy?

In this meeting with the Undergraduate Committee, Sudhir Venkatesh discussed the practical and theoretical relationship between sociological fieldwork in specific geographic areas, such as New York or Chicago, and the challenge of thinking and acting globally. Professor Venkatesh encouraged students to consider their research interests in that context and explore them by seeking out unique learning opportunities beyond the parameters of the university or classroom.

Learn more about the Undergraduate Committee.