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Lecture: Katharyne Mitchell: Moody’s Blues : Risk, Ratings, and the Production of Urban Space (10/22; UC Berkeley)

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      Katharyne Mitchell: Moody’s Blues: Risk, Ratings, and the Production of
      Urban Space

      Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009 (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

      Location: 305 Wurster, UC Berkeley

      Contact Info: Janet Dawson
      Email: jgdawson@...
      URL: http://iurd.berkeley.edu/

      What makes a space risky? Dark alleys? Downgraded bonds? Mitchell examines
      the way that concepts of financial risk and physical risk come together
      and influence urban politics. Tracing the movement of two global
      companies—Moody’s Investors Service and Giuliani Partners—she shows how
      U.S. directed ideas about risk and security profoundly affect the
      governance of cities worldwide.

      Katharyne Mitchell is Professor and Chair of Geography and the Simpson
      Professor of the Public Humanities at the University of Washington. Her
      topical interests include urban studies, migration, public scholarship,
      and education. In recent work she has written about immigrant integration
      in France, education and citizenship in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.,
      and new urban technologies of social and spatial control. From 2004-2007
      she was the director of the Reclaiming Childhood project, an
      interdisciplinary and community oriented collaboration examining the
      changing nature of American childhood under neoliberalism. See

      Recent books include: Crossing the Neoliberal Line: Pacific Rim Migration
      and the Metropolis, Life's Work: Geographies of Social Reproduction, A
      Companion to Political Geography, and Practicing Public Scholarship:
      Experiences and Possibilities beyond the Academy. She is currently
      tweeting, blogging, mapping, and co-authoring a mass market tract entitled
      Stealing Childhood Back with a poet and a child psychologist.

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