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A Sense of Place

February 6, 13, 20 and 27

The opening series of 2014 will explore how human beings create and sustain meaningful places, and how social changes may affect our relationships to places in the future. Political Science Professor Bruce Nesmith will look at what it means for people to have a sense of place, focus on sacred spaces, explore how events of the past contribute to our present sense of place, and speculate about the future of places. Recent years have seen profound changes in the ways in which people relate to places, including economic globalization, the Internet, and concerns about climate change. Nesmith will explore whether the global economy has led to "placelessness;" efforts of cities and regions to market themselves in order to lure businesses and tourists; and the New Urbanism movement in urban design that tries to recreate intimate feelings of community.

Bruce Nesmith
Joan and Abbott Lipsky Professor of Political Science