Clark Art Lecture on Social Inequality and Urban Planning

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, April 7 at 11 am, the Clark Art Institute hosts a lecture by Giuseppina Forte, professor of architecture and environmental studies at Williams College, who discusses her new book project, "The Self-Built City: Material Politics and Ecologies of Difference in São Paulo," and questions how a built environment predicts social inequity. 
 
The free talk is presented in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
 
Forte's book project chronicles the forces shaping urban ecologies, from self-built homes to infectious diseases, and how colonial structures solidify sites of difference. From her experience as a visiting researcher at the University of São Paulo, Forte speaks with a rich collection of oral histories and archival research. The talk is presented as part of the programming for the Clark's Paper Cities exhibition.
 
Giuseppina Forte holds a Ph.D. in architecture from UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on urban history and theory, with a specialization in global metropolitan studies. With a transnational perspective gained from living, researching, and practicing architecture on three continents, Forte brings cross-cultural competency to her work. She has collaborated closely with historically underrepresented populations in cities such as São Paulo, Mexico City, Paris, San Francisco, and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
 
Free. Accessible seats available.

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Williamstown Town Meeting Passes Progress Pride Flag Bylaw Amendment

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Mount Greylock sophomore Jack Uhas addresses town meeting on Thursday as Select Board member Randal Fippinger looks on.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — By a ratio of nearly 2-to-1, town meeting Thursday passed a bylaw amendment to allow the Progress Pride flag to be flown on town flag poles.
 
The most heavily debated article of the 40 that were addressed by the meeting was decided on a vote of 175-90, amending a flag bylaw passed at last year's town meeting.
 
Mount Greylock Regional School sophomore Jack Uhas of the middle-high school's Gender Sexuality Alliance opened the discussion with a brief statement, telling the 295 voters who checked into the meeting that, "to many, the flag is a symbol that, in our town, they belong."
 
The speakers addressing the article fell roughly in line with the ultimate vote, with eight speaking in favor and four against passage.
 
Justin Adkins talked about his experience as, to his knowledge, the only out trans individual in the town of about 7,700 when he moved to Williamstown in 2007.
 
"Most people, when I moved here, had never met a trans person," Adkins said. "Today, that is not the case. Today, many people in this room are free to say who they are.
 
"LGBTQ-plus youth still face a world where their basic being is questioned and legislated. … Flying a flag is, really, the least we can do."
 
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