Professor Yuki Kato and Students Explore and Challenge Ideas of Urbanization, Gentrification, and Community Investment at Red House Dinner Series
On January 22nd, Red House was delighted to host sociology Professor Yuki Kato at the first Red House Dinner series event of the Spring semester.
Japan-born suburban kid turned US-based urban sociologist, Professor Kato spoke about the challenges and opportunities in studying cities from the perspective of an outsider, introducing the question: “Who can tell the story of a city?”
Speaking from diverse academic and personal backgrounds, students added their own rich perspectives and questions to the conversation. When asked about the future of urban agriculture in the face of climate change, Professor Kato challenged the idea of seeing urban agriculture as the glamorous solution to climate change and instead emphasized its true purpose of uniting communities through shared space. When later asked about the ethics and responsibilities of young people moving into new cities, Professor Kato advised students to invest in their community and learn from their neighbors.
We are excited to host four more dinners this semester; our next dinner will be on February 6th. Students can join the Red House Student Network listserv here to be the first to receive information about signups and stay up to date about all upcoming Red House events.
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