Events + Media

Spring 2018 DCRP Lectures


Martin Wachs Lecture: Smart Cities and the Future of Urban Infrastructure
Thursday, March 15th


Jeff Morales (Moderator) - Former Executive Director of Caltrans; Former Chief Executive Officer of California High Speed Rail Authority; Senior Fellow at Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley.

Ryan Russo (MCP ’01) - Director of Transportation at the City of Oakland; former Deputy Commissioner of Traffic and Planning (and Project Development) at NYCDOT

Tom Maguire (MCP ’01) - Director, Sustainable Streets at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA); former Assistant Commissioner of Traffic and Planning (and Project Development) at NYCDOT

Maria Mehranian - Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer Cordoba Corporation

Prof. Susan Shaheen - Institute of Transportation Studies and Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

  • Location: 112 Wurster Hall
  • Reception: 5:15 PM - Wurster Gallery
  • Lecture: 6:10 PM - Wurster Auditorium


Nikhil Anand: Leaks and the Hydraulic City
Thursday, March 22

Nikhil Anand is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the political ecology of cities, read through the different lives of water.  His first book, Hydraulic City focuses on the everyday ways in which cities and citizens are made through the everyday management of water infrastructure in Mumbai.  Articles based on this research have also been published in Antipode, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnography and Public Culture. With Hannah Appel and Akhil Gupta, Dr. Anand is co-editor of a forthcoming volume, The Promise of Infrastructure (forthcoming with Duke University Press), that focuses on the ways in which infrastructure provides a generative ground to theorize time and politics.  Dr. Anand has a Masters in Environmental Science from Yale University and a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University.

The talk overviews Nikhil Anand’s recently published book, Hydraulic City. Drawing attention to the ways in which settlers in Mumbai establish access to water in the city, Nikhil illustrates how that urban citizenship is not an event in linear time, but a fickle, distributed and reversible process. The lecture will also focus on the ways in which water leaks in the public system. Rather than theorize this leakage as ‘loss’, Nikhil argues that it is constitutive of the water infrastructure in cities. Neither fully in the water engineers’ control, nor out of their domain, leaks are vital sites not only for the making of political authority, but also of lives that are rendered marginal and illegal by the rules of the city.  Based on over two years of ethnographic fieldwork with city water engineers, social workers, politicians, plumbers and urban residents, Hydraulic City demonstrates how water infrastructures are critical sites for the making of cities and citizenship.

  • Location: 112 Wurster Hall
  • Lecture: 5:30 PM



Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Thursday, April 12th

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor ia an Assistant Professor at the Department of African American Studies, Princeton University. Professor Taylor is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016), an examination of the history and politics of Black America and the development of the social movement Black Lives Matter in response to police violence in the United States. Taylor has received the Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book. Taylor’s research examines race and public policy including American housing policies.

Dr. Taylor is currently working on a manuscript titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s, which looks at the federal government's promotion of single-family homeownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s. Taylor looks at how the federal government's turn to market-based solutions in its low-income housing programs in the 1970s impacted Black neighborhoods, Black women on welfare, and emergent discourses on the urban “underclass”. Taylor is interested in the role of private sector forces, typically hidden in public policy making and execution, in the “urban crisis” of the 1970s.

  • Location: 112 Wurster Hall
  • Lecture: 5:30 PM