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Presentation to Discuss Immigrantification of the Morse Road Corridor
Ohio Wesleyan Faculty Member David Walker to Deliver Annual Vogel Lecture on April 7

March 21, 2011

Immigrant-operated businesses have opened recently in the Morse Road corridor area of Columbus, Ohio.
Photo courtesy of Jack Schemenauer ’11
DELAWARE, OH – The transformation of an area of northern Columbus through an influx of Somali and Latino immigrant-operated businesses is the topic of the Ohio Wesleyan History Department’s 27th annual Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture, which seeks to promote a better understanding of area history.

Ohio Wesleyan Assistant Professor of Geology-Geography David M. Walker, Ph.D., will outline his findings from research conducted in summer 2010 in the Morse Road corridor in his presentation, “Immigrantification: Global Immigration and Landscape Changes – The Revitalization of the Morse Road Corridor in Columbus, Ohio.” Walker will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 7 in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

In 2002, Northland Mall closed, and the formerly prospering neighborhood began to decline. In recent years, immigrant entrepreneurs have opened stores and restaurants in vacant buildings, culturally and economically spurring urban revitalization. In his presentation, Walker will outline how he interviewed residents, business owners, and city officials to create a map of their perceptions of what has occurred in the area. His research with Ohio Wesleyan student Jack Schemenauer was funded through a Theory-into-Practice grant from the university.

Walker earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, with a major in Latin American studies, and minors in Spanish and Portuguese. He earned a master’s degree in Latin American studies from San Diego State University, and his doctoral degree in geography from the University of Kentucky. His areas of expertise include: contemporary urban issues, economic geography, urban geography, demographics, migration, sustainable development, and race and gender.

Established in 1985, Ohio Wesleyan’s Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture Series is made possible by a generous gift from their son, Ezra F. Vogel, Ph.D., a 1950 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, native of Delaware, Ohio, and retired professor of East Asian Studies at Harvard University.


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.