Urban architecture conference to be held at Taubman

The University”s A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning will host the Fourth National Conference on New Urbanism this Thursday through Saturday.

The symposium is subtitled “Regional, Environmental, Social, and Architectural Justice,” and continues a series of conferences at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley.

More than 30 leading advocates and critics of New Urbanism from around the country will speak.

Speakers include Peter Calthorpe, author of best-selling “The Next American Metropolis” Fourth National Conference on New Urbanism Andres Duany, principal in Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company that designed the proposed Newmarket development in Pittsfield Township near Ann Arbor Alex Krieger, chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University Ann Spim, author of “The Language of Landscape” and faculty member of MIT and Michael Sorkin, head of the Urban Design Program at City College of New York, noted author and frequent contributor to architecture periodicals.

The event will begin on Thursday with a reception and panel in the evening at the Horace Rackham Graduate School Building and is followed by session at the Art and Architecture Building on North Campus on Saturday. Sunday, more sessions will be held at Rackham.

For exact times and locations, direction to and around Ann Arbor, and accomodations information, visit www.caup.umich.edu/news/events/newurb.symp.html.

Panels will focus on the topics of environmentalism, regionalism, social equity and architectural design.

The symposium is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of the President, Congress for the New Urbanism, and Erb Environmental Management Institute.

Catholic feminist to speak today

Rosemary Ruether, a Catholic feminist theologian from Northwestern Univerity, will present “Christianity and the Making of the Modern Family” today from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The free talk is sponsored by the University Women”s studies program and will be held in 2239 Lane Hall at 204 S. State St.

Poet to read work at Rackham

Award-winning New Jersey poet Stephen Dunn will give a poetry reading today as part of the University English Department”s Visiting Writers Series.

Dunn will read from “Different Hours,” a collection of poems that explore ranges of human emotions. Dunn”s works explore loneliness and human relationships with “language and form as clear and chilling as ice,” according to a Booklist reviewer.

Dunn will be in Rackham Amphitheater today at 5 p.m. The event is free.

Whale songs focus of discussion

Local shakuhachi flute master Michael Gould and University zoology graduate student Salvatore Cerchio, who studies humpback whale songs, will lead a discussion called “The Nature of Art and Science: Shakuhachi Flute and Whale Songs” Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m.

Gould and Cerchio will discuss the specialties and connections between the shakuhachi flute and humpback whale songs.

The discussion will be held in the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum/Ann Arbor Art Center on North University Avenue at Geddes and is free.

Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter Whitney Elliott.

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