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Urban History Conference in Oakland, October 15 - 18

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  • Asha Agrawal
    Please conserve: Think before you print this email. To All Urban Historians, Planners, Activists, and Academics in the Bay Area and Beyond: The conference
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2009
      Please conserve: Think before you print this email.

      To All Urban Historians, Planners, Activists, and Academics in the Bay
      Area and Beyond:

      The conference organizers are very pleased to announce the upcoming 13th
      National Conference on Planning History, taking place in Oakland,
      California October 15-18, 2009. The event is sponsored by the Society for
      American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH). The preliminary
      program and conference registration forms, as well as travel and hotel
      information, are available on the conference website:
      http://www.barnard.edu/urban/sacrph09. Interest in the meeting has been
      remarkable, with the number of paper and panel proposals up 20-25% over
      all previous SACRPH meetings.

      The conference location, the Oakland Marriott City Center, is accessible
      by BART (Oakland City Center / 12th Street Station) and is convenient to
      the 880 and 980 Freeways.

      Local Highlights: While the conference is international in scope, a number
      of events focus on the Bay Area itself. These include:
      - A Thursday pre-conference tour entitled “Democracy on the Ground in West
      Oakland: Immigrants, Migrants, and the Development of an African-American
      - A Thursday night address by Richard Walker of the University of
      California on “West Oakland and the Bay Area Region”;
      - A Friday morning plenary roundtable on regional equity, focusing on the
      East Bay;
      - A Friday lunch plenary featuring pioneering urban planners of the Bay
      - Sunday morning tours of Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Marin;
      - Papers and sessions throughout the conference on local and regional
      topics such as urban renewal in San Francisco; Chinatowns in San Francisco
      and Oakland; gay neighborhoods and the geography of sexuality in San
      Francisco; the 1906 earthquake and its aftermath; race and housing in
      Fremont and Richmond; and many, many more.


      All paper sessions will take place between 8:30 am on Friday, October 16,
      and 6:30 pm on Saturday, October 17. The conference schedule and full
      registration includes receptions Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings,
      breakfast Friday and Saturday, and lunch Friday and Saturday. In addition
      to the paper sessions and round tables, we’d like to draw your attention
      to two New Media sessions, an undergraduate and Master’s student poster
      session, a proposal-writing workshop and reception for graduate students,
      and the screening of a documentary film-in-progress allowing participants
      to provide feedback to the director. The book exhibit, open on Friday and
      Saturday, has a record number of participating presses.

      The Thursday and Sunday events (Thursday’s Oakland symposium, and the
      Sunday tours) require separate registration, as explained in more detail
      on the website. The Thursday tour of West Oakland promises a fascinating
      look at the multifaceted history of a neighborhood. The four Sunday tours
      will take advantage of the rich variety of the Bay Area: Historical
      Development and Ethnic Change in Oakland; Berkeley Architectural Tour;
      Urban Renewal in San Francisco; and finally, North of the Golden Gate:
      Growth Control, Open Space, and Alternative Agriculture on the Urban


      We have worked closely with the Northern California chapter of the
      American Planning Association to ensure that the conference will bring
      together scholars and practitioners. AICP members can earn Certificate
      Maintenance (CM) credits for many activities at the SACRPH Conference.
      More information about AICP's CM program can be found at


      Questions about the conference? Please e-mail SACRPH@....


      Student volunteers are needed both before the conference (to help with
      local arrangements) and during the conference (to staff the registration
      desk and provide AV support). Each three-hour shift will qualify a
      volunteer for one free day of conference registration. This is a great
      opportunity to meet with the leading scholars and practitioners in the
      fields of urban planning, urban history, architectural and landscape
      planning and history, urban design and preservation. Please contact
      Stephanie Dyer at stephanie.dyer@... or Asha Weinstein Agrawal at
      asha.weinstein.agrawal@... for details.

      We look forward to seeing you in Oakland.

      With best wishes,

      Robin F. Bachin, SACRPH President
      Alison Isenberg, SACRPH President-Elect and Program Committee Co-Chair
      Owen Gutfreund, Program Committee Co-Chair
      Jim Buckley, Local Arrangements Co-Chair
      Gail Sansbury, Local Arrangements Co-Chair
      Stephanie Dyer, Local Arrangements Co-Chair

      More on SACRPH: SACRPH is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to
      promoting scholarship on the history of planning cities and metropolitan
      regions. Its members come from a range of professions and areas of
      interest, and include architects, planners, historians, environmentalists,
      landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community
      organizers, students and scholars from across the country and around the
      world. SACRPH publishes a quarterly journal, The Journal of Planning
      History (http://jph.sagepub.com/), hosts this biennial conference, and
      sponsors awards for research and publication in the field of planning
      history. For further information please consult

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