St. Paul, Minn. – Macalester College presents its 23rd annual International Roundtable with the theme, “Sustainable Cities: Sharing Habitat, Building Resiliency,” Thursday – Saturday, September 29 –October 1, 2016, in varying campus locations and times, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Free and open to the public.  For more information, call 651-696-6655 or email

Since 1994, Macalester’s International Roundtable has brought diverse communities together to dialogue around a single theme.

This year, the theme “urban sustainability” draws attention to questions concerning how we will adapt, thrive, and share resources in a changing world. Rapid urbanization has contributed to many of the problems we face on this planet, including habitat depletion, pollution, social inequality, and unsustainable rates of natural resource consumption. Yet, the cities of tomorrow can also demonstrate radically new ways of life and approaches to development.

What, then, is the way forward toward creating just and green cities? How might human societies innovate new kinds of infrastructure systems that can weather the uncertain future? How might new sharing economies create more inclusive and equitable models of urban living? Can humans and non-humans thrive in the urban habitat?

To answer these questions, the 2016 Macalester International Roundtable has brought together a dynamic set of speakers, workshops, exhibitions, discussions and field trips that will help explore these questions through multiple ways of thinking and seek answers that are relevant to the diverse roles we all play in the world.

The conference will feature the following four plenary speakers: Julian Agyeman, PhD, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, Tufts University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, is the originator of the concept of ‘just sustainabilities,’ the full integration of social justice and sustainability; Sarah Dooling, PhD studies social and ecological dynamics associated with current and future vulnerable conditions in cities and is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin; Seitu Kenneth Jones has created over 30 large-scale public artworks working on his own or with others and teaches Urban Food Systems in the Urban Studies program at the University of Minnesota and is on the faculty of the Goddard College MFA-Interdisciplinary Arts, in Port Townsend, Wash.; and Chris Ward ’76, is Chief Executive Metro NY, Senior VP at AECOM where he leads strategic growth and profitability of the Design and Consulting Services group in the New York and East Coast region. Ward is the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and has been an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

There will be 10 student-led workshops, five field trips and one public arts sampler. Several Macalester faculty and staff will also present. Sponsored by the Macalester Institute for Global Citizenship.

Previous Roundtable themes:

  • 1994 The International Community and the Emerging World (Dis) Order
  • 1995 Literature, the Creative Imagination, and Globalization
  • 1996 The Divided Self: Ethnicity, Identity, and Globalization
  • 1997 Nature, People, and Globalization
  • 1998 Globalization and Economic Space
  • 1999 Contending Gods: Religion and the Global Moment
  • 2000  International Feminisms: Divergent Perspectives
  • 2001 The Body: Meditations on Global Health
  • 2002 Prometheus’s Bequest: Technology and Change
  • 2003 Complex Contradictions: African, American, and Middle Eastern Perspectives    
  • 2004  America and Global Power: Empire or . . . ?
  • 2005 Quixotic Offspring: The Global Legacy of Don Quixote
  • 2006 The United Nations Organization (UNO): What Future?
  • 2007 The Musical Imagination in the Epoch of Globalization
  • 2008 Whither Development? The Struggle for Livelihood in the Time of Globalization
  • 2009 Global Environment: The Eleventh Hour?
  • 2010 My Sister’s and Brother’s Keeper? Human Rights in the Era of Globalization
  • 2011 Children of the World: The Dialectic of Promise and Vulnerability
  • 2012 Feeding the World: Globalization, Food, and Agriculture in the 21st Century
  • 2013 Global Health: Promoting Equity Within and Across Borders
  • 2014 Migration
  • 2015 Education in a Globalized World: Equity, Diversity and Civic Participation

August 31 2016

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