Celebrating Urban Studies at 50

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Urban Studies. Photo of Social Sciences tower, biker, and tree with golden leaves in the background
Event Date & Time
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Welcome Reception

9:30 - 11:00 AM
445 Blegen Hall
The Minnesota Urban Studies Student Association is organizing a welcome reception and networking event with refreshments for students and alumni.

Department-Led Events

Group Fieldwork Choices

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Lunch on your own

Keynote Address

3:00 PM
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium
Presented by Leslie Kern


Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Mondale Commons
A reception follows the keynote address with a short program, alumni networking, and reception with beer, wine, and light appetizers

Dr. Judith Martin Memorial Scholarship

A message from Dr. Kate Derickson, director of Urban Studies Program

It’s an honor to reach out to you on behalf of the Dr. Judith Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund. Judith, as many of you know, was a committed urban scholar, an active citizen of Minneapolis, and a visionary behind the Urban Studies program. Above all, she was a dedicated, award-winning teacher who urged students to get out into the world in order to understand it and make a positive difference in it. As one former student noted, “she could be counted on not only for telling it like it is but also for placing it in context.”

Our Urban Studies Program bears Judith’s imprint over a decade after her passing in its commitment to understanding urban life through experience, our use of the Twin Cities as our classroom, and the way that we cultivate civic engagement throughout our curriculum. We aim to graduate students who are prepared to make a positive contribution to urban life wherever they land.

To continue meeting that goal, we’re asking for contributions to the Judith Martin Memorial Fund. Your contributions will go to offset the costs associated with engaged learning for our undergraduate students, including field trip expenses, registration fees for conferences and competitions, and membership in professional associations. These experiences are crucial for building and maintaining a pipeline to fulfilling urban jobs for our students, but the associated costs can add up. We hope you’ll consider making a donation to ensure the next generation of urban scholars and practitioners.

Make a Gift

Join the conversation on social media: #URBSat50

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