Upcoming Events

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A People's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area

The Institute for Metropolitan Studies welcomes Rachel Brahinsky and Alexander Tarr to present their new radical guidebook to the Bay Area. The authors highlight cultural and economic landscapes as well as rich political legacies, including indigenous resistance to colonial rule, interracial and cross-class organizing, and the often unrecognized labor of farmworkers and everyday people. Join us for a conversation about this important new book that counters romanticized narratives about San Francisco and Silicon Valley and turns the focus to the places where collective struggle has built our region.

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 12:30 - 2:00pm. Live Online

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Student Story Map Competition

Student Story Map Competition

Create an ArcGIS Story Map that conveys a contemporary topic in an informative and engaging manner. Prizes and certificates will be awarded for the most intriguing maps at graduate and undergraduate student levels. Judges from Bay Area colleges and universities will select the winning entries, and students will be honored at SJSU's GIS Day event on November 18.

Submission due date: November 11, 2020

Don’t forget to RSVP for the GIS Day event on November 18. Questions? Contact 

Submit your Story Map here

GIS Day 2020

GIS Day 2020: Mapping & Election 

Join SAVI and SJSU eCampus to celebrate GIS Day 2020! This online event showcases a range of GIS and visualization techniques for exploring different aspects of our social challenges. Keynote speaker: Dr. John A. Curiel, Research scientist, MIT Elections Data & Science Lab on "Mapping Elections Performance Index." TechnologyTalk: Mr. Kurt Menke, Founder of Bird’s Eye View, FOSS4G educator, co-author of the GeoAcademy and author presents "The Best New Features of QGIS 3.X." Dr. Jennifer Redd, SJSU eCampus Director, shares SJSU Resources for GIS Education.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Noon - 3:00pm. Live Online

GIS Day Story Map Competition Award winners will be announced following the presentations.

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Past Events

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Secret Spirits & Secret Spaces

The Institute for Metropolitan Studies is partnering with Catalyze SV to present a conversation with Casie Kifer about her book, Secret San Jose: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure. Join us as we bring the community together through storytelling about our region. Friday, October 23, 2020.

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Ensheng Dong and the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Dashboard

The Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning is excited to welcome Ensheng ‘Frank’ Dong of Johns Hopkins University. A doctoral student at the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Hopkins, Dong has played a large role in building the highly regarded Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Dashboard. Friday, October 1, 2020.

American Road Trip MTI

MTI Research Snaps: The American Roadtrip Reconsidered

Reexamining the road trip through a historical lens can inform the work of transportation professionals – especially in the context of the mobility revolution, social justice reform, and pandemic shutdowns. Co-presented by the Urban Planning Coalition, TRANSITion SJSU, and the Institute for Metropolitan Studies. Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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Samuel Stein: Housing, Gentrification, and the Real-Estate State

The Institute for Metropolitan Studies and the Certificate Program in Real Estate Development present author Samuel Stein, San Jose Housing Director Jacky Morales-Ferrand, and Professor Shishir Mathur to discuss Stein's book and its lessons for the Bay Area. Monday, March 16, 2020.

2020 Department Open House

Department Open House

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning invites new and prospective graduate students to explore a Career in Urban Planning! Monday, March 16, 2020.

Understanding How Women Travel

Understanding How Women Travel

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Mineta Transportation Institute welcome distinguished panelists from across California to discuss a groundbreaking new study from LA Metro and Fehr & Peers. Presented with the Institute for Metropolitan Studies and SPUR. February 19, 2020. 

Adonia Lugo lecture

Adonia Lugo: Bicycle / Race: Transportation, Culture & Resistance

The Institute for Metropolitan Studies and TRANSITion SJSU present Dr. Adonia Lugo discussing her new book, bicycle politics, and mobility justice in our cities. November 4, 2019.

Seeking Solutions to the Affordable Housing Crisis

Seeking Solutions to the Affordable Housing Crisis

The Institute for Metropolitan Studies and the Rotary Club of San Jose present a panel of distinguished experts on housing and homelessness discussing how we can address the challenges facing our region. March 19, 2019.

How Places Make Us

Japonica Brown-Saracino: How Places Make Us

The Institute for Metropolitan Studies welcomes Dr. Japonica Brown-Saracino to present her book on queer communities in four small US cities and how places shape identities. May 2, 2018.