Events, news, and opportunities






Wednesday, April 18, 6 PM

Sulzberger Hall, North Tower, 17th Floor

Barnard campus


The Barnard–Columbia Urban Studies program invites you to a festive celebration in honor of our graduating seniors.

Please join us as we toast the extraordinary achievements and promising futures of the Urban Studies class of 2018.





Urban Studies

Program Planning Meeting



April 11

6 PM


Room 504

Barnard campus


The Barnard–Columbia Urban Studies program enables students to explore and understand the urban experience in all of its richness and complexity.


Please join us for our Fall 2018 informational meeting, where we will give a general overview of the courses being offered next term, answer questions about our curricular requirements, and discuss the unique opportunities that the Barnard–Columbia Urban Studies program has to offer.


All Urban Studies majors, faculty members, and prospective students are invited to attend.


Pizza and drinks will be served.





Urban Studies

Book Talk with Brian Goldstein



February 20

6 PM

Milbank Hall 223

Ella Weed Room

Barnard campus


Brian Goldstein’s recently published book, The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem (2017), examines Harlem, America’s most famous neighborhood, during a period of tremendous change. This research connects the ambitious, often radical social movements that arose in the 1960s—especially the Black Power movement—with the increasingly privatized and economically gentrified reality that marked Harlem and similar neighborhoods by the turn of the millennium. Indeed, the Harlem of the new century—with large-scale commercial development on 125th Street and new middle-class housing in its neighborhoods—was not imposed on an unwitting neighborhood by outsiders, this book argues, but grew from the very movements that had emerged decades earlier to give Harlemites new control over their community. Gentrification resulted from transformations at the global, national, and municipal levels, but so too did residents themselves produce the landscape that observers called Harlem’s “second renaissance.”


Light refreshments will be served.