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Ohio Wesleyan University to Welcome First Sagan National Colloquium Speaker Sept. 13

August 31, 2007

DELAWARE, OHIO – As part of Ohio Wesleyan University’s 22nd annual Sagan National Colloquium, Larry Ford, Ph.D., will present “World Cities and the Myth of a Golden Age” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Ford, a professor of geography at San Diego State University, is an internationally recognized writer and scholar on the interconnectedness of city growth and change and architectural traditions and style. An expert on the urban-built environment, Ford is the author of several books, including “Cities and Buildings” and “America’s New Downtowns.” He also has published more than 50 articles on the relationship between city growth and change and architectural traditions and has held two Fulbright Scholarships—one in Indonesia and one in Italy.

“Ford’s presentation will focus on the way the urban-built environment has changed over time, and how large cities have gone through growth, stagnation, and in some cases, revitalization” said Dick Fusch, Ph.D., professor of geography at Ohio Wesleyan and one of the primary organizers of this year’s Sagan National Colloquium.

Fusch continued, “He will examine the concept of urban decline in the United States and in large cities worldwide, from a golden age of the past to a problematic present. Ford argues that urban places are constantly changing, and it is this change which makes them vibrant and exciting while simultaneously challenging to planners and designers of the future.”

The theme of this year’s colloquium is “Cities and Suburbs: Life in a Metropolitan World.” Fourteen nationally acclaimed experts will speak on campus about various theme-related topics through mid-November. Established in 1984, the colloquium was endowed by 1948 Ohio Wesleyan graduates John and Margaret (Pickett) Sagan. A full schedule of this year’s events is available at snc.owu.edu.

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