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April 19, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Don Mitchell will give the talk, "The SUV Model of Citizenship: Floating Bubbles, Buffer Zones and the New Geography of Privacy," Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is open to the public without charge, is the final event in the university's Social Science Colloquium series, "Thinking Space: New Directions in Human Geography."

According to Karen Morin, associate professor of geography at Bucknell and faculty co-coordinator of the series, Mitchell will discuss how a set of court decisions and laws about abortion clinic protests on the one hand, plus legislation about homeless people's behavior on the other, have created a new geography of hyper-individualism and privacy in public space, usually in the name of `safety.'

"Mitchell likens such false feelings of separateness and safety to those engendered by SUVs. This talk will explore to what degree we have a right to be left alone or a right to privacy when we are in a public space," said Morin.

Professor and chair of geography at Syracuse University, Mitchell is founder and director of the People's Geography Project.

The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship, he is the author of several books including The Lie of the Land: Migrant Workers and the California Landscape; Cultural Geography: A Critical Introduction; and The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space.

He also has written numerous articles on the geography of homelessness, labor, urban public space, and contemporary theories of culture.


For more information about the People's Geography Project, see


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