Urban Palimpsest

Urban Palimpsest — destruction and renewal

Through lectures, discussions, film, and art installations, The Commons seeks to explore the implied and inherent values of the urban environment, both visible and understood. The word palimpsest suggests the act of scraping away a layer of writing in preparation for the inscription of new words. Programs provided throughout the year will examine the many ramifications of what comprises life of a city.

Possible questions include:

  • Why do we build cities in uninhabitable places?
  • Are cities more critical to our survival than rural areas?
  • What importance should we place on the layers of meaning within a city?
  • Is it wise to rebuild cities that have been devastated by natural disasters and may be again?
  • What does it take to rebuild a city?
  • Can we separate emotion from the discussion of a city’s contributions to the world?

Past Events

Lecture, Urban Palimpsest
7:30pm Tuesday, April 3, 2012 The Commons
with Dr. Janet Ward, Professor of History, University of Oklahoma
Lecture, Urban Palimpsest
7:30pm Monday, March 5, 2012 The Commons
with Dr. Kevin Gotham, Professor of Sociology/Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University
Urban Palimpsest, Visiting Scholar
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 The Commons
Lecture, Urban Palimpsest
7:00pm Monday, February 20, 2012 Lawrence Public Library
with Max Grinnell
Film Screening, Urban Palimpsest
5:00pm Tuesday, February 14, 2012 The Commons
Film Screening, Urban Palimpsest
5:00pm Tuesday, February 14, 2012 The Commons
Lecture, Urban Palimpsest
7:30pm Thursday, February 9, 2012 The Commons
Dr. Yomi Braester, Professor of Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies, University of Washington
Film Screening, Urban Palimpsest
3:00pm Sunday, January 29, 2012 The Commons
Film Screening, Urban Palimpsest
4:30pm Sunday, January 29, 2012 The Commons
Film Screening, Urban Palimpsest
6:15pm Sunday, January 29, 2012 The Commons

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