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For Immediate Release
September 11, 2012

UC² Focuses on “Social Media or Social Spaces? Political Perspectives and the Future of Urban Public Space”

Key Info

  • 2012 UC2 theme is “The City”
  • Social Media or Social Spaces? Political Perspectives and the Future of Urban Public Space
  • Presented by Matthew Kubik and Patrick Ashton
  • Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., Neff Hall, Room 101

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University-Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) College of Art and Sciences’ 2012 University Community Conversations (UC2) presents “Social Media or Social Spaces? Political Perspectives and the Future of Urban Public Space,” with Matthew Kubik and Patrick Ashton, Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Is the town square dead in the age of the Internet? Should it be? The history of the urban built environment has been characterized by centralized public urban space. The form of the city has evolved over time, influenced by social and political ideas as expressed in the works of The Remnant Trust. In this presentation Kubik and Ashton review political and social traditions expressed in the Remnant Trust books on display at IPFW. They examine the relevance of existing urban design patterns in the electronic age of the 21st century. What is the future of public urban spaces in an age characterized by issues of population growth, resource depletion, and social crisis?

Kubik is an award-winning architect, artist, educator, and author whose portfolio includes works in the United States, Europe, and North Africa. Since the 1970s he has been a proponent of sustainable design. He was designer and curator of the 2009 Remnant Trust exhibit at IPFW.

Ashton is an award-winning educator, sociologist, and author. He is an expert in community and urban sociology, and conflict resolution. He was the lead docent of the 2009 Remnant Trust exhibit at IPFW.

Kubik and Ashton have conducted sustainability workshops and presentations at numerous international conferences. They are coauthors of the book The Green Age: Transforming Your Life Choices for the 21st Century, and have collaborated on innovative team teaching efforts including a National Collegiate Honors live teleconference broadcast to over 80 college campuses.

The 2012 UC² theme is “The City.” Starting in January 2012, events have examined the city and its multiple meanings: The city as Fort Wayne, the city as any global urban center, and the city as an abstract idea. As a growing percentage of the world’s population congregates in cities and as Fort Wayne works to redefine itself in the 21st century, “The City” is a theme and topic in which we are all invested.

For more information on this event, contact Kubik at 260-481-6581 or kubik@ipfw.edu.

For more information on the UC2 program itself, contact Carl Drummond, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 260-481-5750 or drummond@ipfw.edu.

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