We are Eli and Alex, juniors studying abroad through the International Honors Program: Cities in the 21st Century. As Urban Studies students, we chose this program because of its focus on the people, planning and politics of cities around the world, including New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo and Cape Town. During our first week, we learned that one of the program’s core values is social justice. As we travel this semester, we will not only learn about the cities’ problems but also explore possible solutions. We will have multiple guest speakers throughout the program who will give us insight on the historical context and current issues of the cities. Finally, we will take four classes that will give us a well rounded view of each city as well as comparative lenses. They are: Urban Politics and Development, Culture and Society of World Cities, Contemporary Urban Issues, and Urban Planning and Sustainable Environments.
Read the blog of our adventures.