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Ohio Wesleyan to Host International ‘Global Cities’ Expert

September 7, 2007

DELAWARE, OHIO – Saskia Sassen, Ph.D., who is credited with coining the term “global cities,” will present “The Global City: Where Rich and Poor Meet” at Ohio Wesleyan University Sept. 20 as part of the 22nd annual Sagan National Colloquium. Her presentation, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

“Saskia Sassen is a world-renowned expert who recognizes the concept of global command centers and the coinciding strategic relationships they must form with their counterparts,” said Craig Ramsay, Ph.D., a professor of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan and one of the Colloquium’s co-directors. Sassen also is Ohio Wesleyan’s Phi Beta Kappa Scholar-in-Residence for 2007-08.

Sassen is a leading theorist on globalization and its impact on cities. A professor at Columbia University and a member of the university’s Committee on Global Thought, she also serves as a Centennial Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. She has authored multiple books on the topic of globalization, including “The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo,” “A Sociology of Globalization,” and “Digital Formations: New Architectures for Global Order.” Sassen holds a dual Ph.D. in sociology and economics from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

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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