Rae Lesser Blumberg is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern in 1970 and joined the Sociology Department at the University of Virginia in 1998. She is also Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. Her academic work revolves around two theories. First is a general theory of gender stratification found in such works as Stratification: Socioeconomic and Sexual Inequality (Wm. C Brown, 1978); “A General Theory of Gender Stratification” (Sociological Theory 1984); and Gender, Family, and Economy: The Triple Overlap (Sage 1991). The second is an evolving theory of gender and economic development as described in such works as “Making the Case for the Gender Variable: Women and the Wealth and Well-being of Nations (U.S.A.I.D. 1989) and Engendering Wealth and Well-being: Empowerment for Global Change, edited by Blumberg, Cathy Rakowski, Irene Tinker and Michael Monteon, (Westview, 1995). Largely in pursuit of her theories, she has worked in over 40 countries on every continent except Antarctica.
Our Club theme for the month of February is GENERATIVITY - a human pursuit to contribute something, often through communities, to the next generation. Our speaker today has contributed something valuable to the Charlottesville community in the form of a foundation and a unique annual festival focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. Don't miss our talk with Paul Beyer at the Rotary Club of Charlottesville on Feb 28th.
In 2011, Iñaki Alday was appointed as the Quesada Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture of the University of Virginia, where he is participating in the on-going evolution of the architecture program at the university of Thomas Jefferson, the one of the first public universities of the United States. Since 2016, he is the Director of the Yamuna River Project, the first pan-university grand challenge project at the University of Virginia. The Yamuna River Project (http://yamunariverproject.org/) is a long-term, inter-disciplinary research program whose objective is to revitalize the ecology of the Yamuna River in the Delhi area. Iñaki Alday and Pankaj Vir Gupta -Professor of Architecture and Principal, Vir Mueller Architects/Delhi - initiated the project in 2013.
The Yamuna River Project involves an interdisciplinary team from the UVa and from India with expertise in architecture, land planning, civil engineering, environmental science, public-private partnerships, anthropology, political science, history, and cultural studies. The team’s objective is to engage the efforts of government agencies, experts and activists in an ongoing program to address the multidimensional challenges of Delhi and the relation with its river. Both in the academic appointment and in the design practice of aldayjover architecture and landscape, Iñaki Alday promotes a new attitude in front of the professional and academic challenges on the transformation of our environment.