Writer Robert Neuwirth to Speak at Xavier University

Neuwirth to discuss life in squatter communities | November 5, 2007

Writer Robert Neuwirth, who spent two years living in squatter communities on four continents, will speak at Xavier University on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Schiff Family Conference Center located in the University’s Cintas Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Neuwirth’s topic will be “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 which 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.