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UTSA College of Public Policy sponsors urban affairs conference March 19-22


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(March 14, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Public Policy will sponsor the 44th annual conference of the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) from Wednesday, March 19 through Saturday, March 22 at the Westin Riverwalk.

More than 700 urban scholars from around the globe will convene to discuss 21st century issues impacting urban people and places around the world. These scholars represent universities, research institutions, and nonprofit and private organizations from North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

"The Urban Affairs Association has a long tradition of meeting in cities that both fascinate and challenge our understandings of urban life," said Margaret Wilder, UAA executive director. "San Antonio is a compelling choice because of its social and cultural diversity, primacy as a major American population center, rich political history and challenging economic future. We are extremely fortunate to have the support of the UTSA College of Public Policy in making our visit to this great city a rewarding one."

The conference will include several sessions addressing topics pertaining to San Antonio including streets and healthy living, municipal public policies and environmental degradation of certain San Antonio districts, and city policy and politics.

"Through this conference, my colleagues within the field of urban scholarship will have an opportunity to see and learn about the urban issues that are exemplified in our diverse, multi-cutural growing metropolitan area," said Heywood Sanders, a public administration professor in the College of Public Policy and chair of the UTSA conference sponsorship committee.

The keynote speakers for the event will be Ernesto Cortés Jr., co-director of Industrial Area Foundations; David Montejano, a professor of ethnic studies and history and former chair of the Center for Latino Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley; and Christine Drennon, director of the Urban Studies Program at Trinity University.

The Urban Affairs Association is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers and public service professionals. It includes a membership of more than 600 institutions, individuals and students from colleges and universities throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

For a conference schedule, visit the Urban Affairs Association website. For more information, email



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