Two Upcoming Public Lectures - March 4 and April 15

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"Power, Participation, and Protest: Policy Paradox of Municipal Takeover"

Don't miss a talk with Ashley E. Nickels, professor of political science at Kent State University, on the causes and effects of the 2011 municipal takeover in Flint, Michigan, in response to the city's historic water crisis.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Hayes Hall 403, UB South Campus

When the 2011 municipal takeover in Flint, Michigan, placed the city under state control, some supported the intervention while others saw it as an affront to democracy. Still, others were ambivalent about what was supposed to be a temporary disruption. But how did Flint's municipal takeovers, which suspended local representational government, alter the local political system? Dr. Nickels addresses the ways residents, groups, and organizations were able to participate politically - or not - during the city's municipal takeovers in both 2002 and again in 2011. 

 

 

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"Manufacturing Decline: How Racism and the Conservative Movement Crush the American Rust Belt"

Join Jason Hackworth, University of Toronto professor of geography and planning, for a discussion of race and racism as active causes of urban decline in America. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Hayes Hall 403, UB South Campus

Despite the considerable overlap between the presence of non-white people and generalized population (and capital) flight in a variety of national contexts, the urban decline literature almost entirely ignores race and racism as active causes of urban shrinkage. Most literature focuses on conventional economic explanations and solutions. This presentation, which is based on material from the book: Manufacturing Decline: How Racism and the Conservative Movement Crush the American Rust Belt (2019, Columbia University Press), explores the role of racism as an active cause of economic distress, declining cities and their often non-white citizens are actively constructed as virtual bêtes noires to advance conservative political interventions