November 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Wealth and Poverty Week on Urban Challenges | Urban Living in Latin America, Nov. 1

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The Wealth and Poverty theme hosts Wealth and Poverty Week on Urban Challenges, featuring Dr. Matthew Layton discussing “Perceptions of the Challenges of Urban Living in Latin America” on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 1-2 p.m. at Alden 319.

For the first time in human history, the majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas. The rapid global urbanization presents both challenges and opportunities in fostering inclusive, competitive, and environmentally sustainable cities. The Wealth and Poverty Week on Urban Challenges brings the Ohio University community together to discuss pressing challenges in our cities and look for ways to achieve a more sustainable and just urban future.

Dr. Matthew Layton

Dr. Matthew Layton

Layton is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ohio University. His research focuses on the structure and origins of political legitimacy in Latin America and the relationship between social policy and political empowerment. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University and has published his research in leading political science journals including World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and Latin American Politics and Society. He has been a country team leader for Brazil on the AmericasBarometer survey conducted by the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) since 2014.

Abstract: Latin America, as much as any other region in the world, illustrates the paradoxes of urbanization, both in its triumphs and in its crises. What do contemporary Latin American urbanites think about the challenges they endure? What explains why urban modernization has failed to deliver fully on its promised outcomes of prosperity and security in Latin America? What role does democratic politics have in potentially resolving these issues? This lecture draws on recent fieldwork in Brazil to answer these questions and argues for a global commitment to democratic values as the means to achieve a better future for Latin American cities and their residents.

This Wealth and Poverty talk is open to the public.  Please contact Yeong Kim at for further details on this event.


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Wealth and Poverty Week on Urban Challenges

Monday, Oct. 30 – Ted Strickland (former Governor of Ohio), “Restoring the American Dream and Securing a Stable American Democratic Society,” 3-4 p.m. at Alden 319

Tuesday, Oct. 31 – Smoki Musaraj (Sociology and Anthropology), “Construction, Corruption, and Concrete: Lamenting Betonizim (Concrete-ization) in Albanian Cities,” 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Alden 319

Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Matthew Layton (Political Science), “Perceptions of the Challenges of Urban Living in Latin America,” 1-2 p.m. at Alden 319

Thursday, Nov. 2 – Daniel Moak (African American Studies), “Class Absence: A Critical Look at the ‘School to Prison Pipeline’ Narrative,” 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Alden 319

Friday, Nov. 3 – Bernadette Hanlon (City and Regional Planning, Ohio State Univ), “Is Suburban Poverty Unique? Comparing Urban and Suburban Poverty in the United States,” 3-4 p.m. at Alden 318

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