UB Sociologist to Discuss 'the Theming of America'

By Arthur Page

Release Date: April 10, 1998 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Americans' obsession with themed environments will be discussed by Mark Gottdiener, Ph.D., in a "UB at Sunrise" program from 7:30-9 a.m. on April 28 in the Center for Tomorrow on the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) Campus.

Gottdiener, professor and chair in the UB Department of Sociology, is an internationally known expert on urban affairs and popular culture. He has authored 11 books, including "The Theming of America: Dreams, Visions and Commercial Spaces."

In his lecture, "The Theming of America," Gottdiener will discuss how American businesses and cities have become obsessed with themed environments -- such as Disney World, Las Vegas and the Mall of America -- because of the increased competition for consumer dollars.

"UB at Sunrise" is a series of breakfast programs jointly produced by the Alumni Association, Office of Conferences and Special Events, News Services and Office of Publications, all at UB. It also is supported by the Office of University Development and UB Office of Public Service and Urban Affairs.

The price of the program, which includes a full breakfast, is $10 for members of the UB Alumni Association and $12 for all others.

For more information, contact the alumni association at 829-2608. Ticket orders must be received by April 24.