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Writer Robert Neuwirth talks about life in squatter communities

More than one billion people live in squatter cities throughout the developing world

11/12/07

Writer Robert Neuwirth, who spent two years living in squatter communities on four continents, is speaking on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the Schiff Family Conference Center. Neuwirth’s topic is “Life in the Shadow Cities: A Vision of the Future.”

More than one billion people live in the squatter cities, shanty towns and favelas that have sprung up on the edges of the cities throughout the developing world. While many write off these areas as vast seas of poverty, Neuwirth sees them as vibrant, energetic, communities that will play an increasingly important role in our rapidly expanding urban landscapes. Neuwirth’s new book, Shadow Cities is an attempt to humanize these maligned settlements.

Neuwirth’s articles have appeared in many publications, including The Nation, The Village Voice, Newsday, The New York Times, Metropolis and City Limits.

This event is sponsored by Xavier’s Edward E. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati.

For more information please contact the Brueggeman Center at 513 745-3922.