Public Events

Past Events

Spatial Contract
November 18, 2021

The Spatial Contract: A book talk with IMS visiting scholar Alex Schafran, PhD

Housing. Water. Energy. Transport. Food. Education. Health care. These are the core systems which make human life possible in the 21st century. Despite how important these systems are, and how much we rely on them, contemporary politics and mainstream economics in most of the world largely ignore these core systems. Politicians debate what they think will get them elected; economists value what they think drives growth.The spatial contract is a form of social contract that pays attention to a simple fact: in order for humans to be free, we rely on these basic systems that enable us to act. At the heart of the spatial contract is an agreement to channel that action into ensuring these systems are built, maintained and available to all who need them, in big cities and small towns all around the world.

The Spatial Contract Recording

RIB Flyer
Wednesday, Sept. 15th @ 7pm SOFA Pocket Park

A Reckoning in Boston, an outdoor Film Screening in the SOFA Pocket Park!

This powerful new documentary film about place-based organizing and reckoning with white privilege in the face of racial and economic inequalities will be screened outdoors at the SOFA Pocket Park, 540 S. 1st Street, on Wednesday, Sept. 15th, at 7 p.m. Featuring a livestream conversation with Director James Rutenbeck and special guest.

Sparked Flyer
May 18, 2021 Live guest speakers: Walter R. Jacobs, Wendy Thompson Taiwo, and Marcia Williams

IMS presents Race and Urban Space - A Book Launch for Sparked: George Floyd, Racism, and the Progressive Illusion

Sparked: George Floyd, Racism, and the Progressive Illusion featuring Walter R. Jacobs, Wendy Thompson Taiwo, and Marcia Williams, brings together the perspectives of social scientists, professors, and other academics who work or have worked in Minnesota. The essays present reflections on racial dynamics in the Twin Cities and the intersection of the wonderful and wretched sides of that existence, revealing deep complexities, ingrained inequities, and diverse personal experiences.

Sparked Book Launch Recording

Dr. Mindy Fullilove
April 14, 2021 Live guest speaker: Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD

IMS Presents Dr. Mindy Fullilove's 'Urban Trilogy'

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD discusses her pathbreaking work on community, urban planning, and public health. Dr. Fullilove will present her newest book, Main Street: How a City's Heart Connects Us All (2020), along with two influential earlier works, Root Shock (2004), and Urban Alchemy (2013), which together the urban theorist Andy Merrifield has referred to as her "urban trilogy, pursuing [...] what's wrong and what's right about urban America."

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove Recording

Jan Doering FLyer
March 24, 2021 Live guest speaker: Jan Doering, Phd

IMS and the Department of Justice Studies presented US vs THEM: A Conversation on Race, Crime, and Gentrification

Jan Doering, PhD discusses his research around race and ethnicity, urban processes, and politics. In his new book Us Versus Them: Race, Crime, and Gentrification in Chicago Neighborhoods (Oxford University Press 2020) examines conflict over crime and gentrification in the era of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. I teach courses on urban sociology, ethnography and qualitative methods, and crime.

Us Versus Them: Race, Crime, and Gentrification in Chicago Neighborhoods