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democracy, and design in urban spaces
The success of technology transfer has been
modest. The total value remains relatively small, only about $750
million in 2000. And this is mostly limited to a few universities
with very successful partnerships. Given the enormous effort weve
put into technology transfer offices, the return has not been great
so far. As it is done today, technology transfer is inefficient,
cumbersome, and often unprofitable. . . . Yet in areas like genomics,
the majority of intellectual capital resides in academic institutions.
Projects [of New Urbanism] are of interest to rhetoricians I believe
for two main reasons: first, because so much of their hold depends
on certain representational practices and argumentative tacticstheir
incessant use of the word community, for example.
But second, the proponents of these plans claim that their designs
actually promote social discourse. Their cities are literally
designed for talk. Public space is given primacy over private
space. Just as the single-family dwelling with a yard as the quintessential
physical feature of the American social landscape has no doubt
influenced the actual structure and behavior of the American family,
I believe that different kinds of urban space could influence
the language and social behavior that take place there. But while
Im arguing that space has some influence on the discursive
practices that take place, I also admit that language has an influence
on the spaces we develop, so I think its actually better
seen as a reciprocal relationship.
David Fleming, Assistant Professor of English, University
of Wisconsin-Madison, speaking on City of Rhetoric: Discourse,
Democracy, and Design
in the Redevelopment of an Urban Neighborhood on March 5,
Joseph B. Martin, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard
Medical School, speaking as part of the Future Makers Lecture Series,
sponsored by the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, March
The University Advisory Council on Teaching, the Office of Faculty
Resources for Inclusive Instruction, and the Center for Teaching
and Curriculum in Emory College are sponsoring Mel Levine, Professor
of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for the Study of Development
and Learning at UNCChapel Hill.
Public lecture: "How
Learning Works When It's Working," September 10, 8:00 p.m.,
Tull Auditorium, Law School.
Faculty workshop (includes small stipend): "Dealing
with the Universality of Diversity Among Learners in College and
Beyond," September 11, 8:301:30. Workshop space is
limited; please contact Wendy Newby, 727-6766 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.