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Leading urban studies theorist to speak at URI’s Providence campus

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 30, 2006 -- David Harvey, one of the world’s leading theorists in the field of urban studies, will speak about “Freedom of the City” at the University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein Providence Campus on Thursday, April 6. Free and open to the public, the lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Paff Auditorium, 80 Washington St. in Providence.

In his talk, Harvey will explore key points in the history of neoliberalism, a political orientation that blends liberal political views while emphasizing economic growth. His views on this topic and others have attracted considerable attention in the humanities and social sciences. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Urban Studies based at the University’s Feinstein Providence Campus.

The Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Harvey has received numerous awards for his work, including 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.”

His latest work, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, was published in 2005. This book provides a multi-layered history of ideological neoliberalism—a system that benefits few individuals at the expense of many.

Harvey has written several other books on the politics of globalization, urbanization and cultural changes, including The New Imperialism; Paris, Capital of Modernity; Social Justice and the City; Limits to Capital; The Condition of Postmodernity; and Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference.

Harvey earned his Ph.D. from Cambridge University and holds honorary degrees from the universities of Buenos Aires, Roskilde in Denmark, Uppsala in Sweden, and Ohio State University.

For more information please contact Cleveland Kurtz at 401-277-5039.