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Urban Studies @ BU
BU Initiative on Cities
The Initiative on Cities, a new urban leadership and research center at Boston University, was designed to bridge the worlds of academic research and education and the real-life practice of city governance. To fulfill that role, the IoC operates as both a convener and catalyst. As a convener, the Initiative brings mayors and local leaders together with academics from across disciplines to tackle pressing urban issues. As a catalyst, the Initiative provides public service fellowships and hosts prominent public speakers to spark young people’s interest in cities and public service.
Center for Innovation in Social Science (CISS)
The Center for Innovation in Social Science (CISS), located in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University, provides an intellectual home for faculty and students engaged in social science research across the BU campus. The Center is dedicated to forging collaborative multidisciplinary faculty research and training future generations of undergraduate and graduate students in the social sciences and related fields by using state-of-the-art methods and approaches and demonstrating the
Menino Survey of Mayors
The Menino Survey was initiated in 2014 by the Boston University Initiative on Cities, co-founded by the late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Now in its eighth year, the Menino Survey is based on live interviews with mayors on their pressing challenges, priorities, and expectations for the future
Thomas M. Menino Archive, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
The Thomas M. Menino Archive currently consists of photographs, digital manuscripts of speeches and "talking points" used by the Mayor, and video material documenting many aspects of Mayor Menino's career. The collection will grow to include more physical and digital material that will be a rich resource for students of urban studies, politics, and of course, of the life, family and career of Boston's extraordinary "Mayor for Life," Thomas M. Menino.