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Noted urban studies theorist to discuss Bethlehem’s future

David Harvey

David Harvey, a leading theorist in the field of urban studies, will join Lehigh on Feb. 28 for a series of events as part of the ongoing lecture series “New Bethlehem: Urban Utopias, Dystopias and Transformations” hosted by the Humanities Center.

Harvey, a distinguished professor in the Ph.D. Program of Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center, will present a free lunchtime discussion on “Utopian Visions of Bethlehem’s Future” from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Linderman Library’s Room 200. The discussion will include a free-flowing exploration of dreams for the future of Bethlehem.

Later that day, at 4 p.m. at Linderman Library’s Room 200, Harvey will present a lecture entitled, “The Urban Process Under Capitalism: From Capital Surpluses to the Dynamics of Accumulation by Dispossession.”

Both events, sponsored by the Humanities Center and the South Side Initiative, are free and open to the public.

An influential geographer, Harvey’s reflections on the importance of space and place have attracted considerable attention across the humanities and social sciences. His books include The New Imperialism; The Condition of Postmodernity; Social Justice and the City; Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference; Spaces of Hope; and Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography, among others.

He was the recipient of the “Outstanding Contributor” Award of the Association of American Geographers and the 2002 Centenary Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his “outstanding contribution to the field of geographical enquiry and to anthropology.”

--Tricia Long

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008

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