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Lecture will use mapping to help explain urban decline

March  20, 2014

Dr. Colin Gordon will talk about housing policy and urban decline in St. Louis in a lecture at 7 p.m. April 7 in the board room of the College Center at Augustana.

His presentation will focus on the use of historical Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques to help understand the causes and consequences of the urban crisis in St. Louis.

Dr. Gordon is a professor of history and director of undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa. Gordon received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990.

He writes on the history of American public policy and political economy. He is the author of several books, including "Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality, 2013," "Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City, 2008," and "Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health in Twentieth Century America, 2003."

His digital projects include Mapping Decline, an interactive mapping project based on his St. Louis research, and The Telltale Chart, a data visualization project focusing on historical and recent economic data.

He is a senior research consultant at the Iowa Policy Project, for which he has written or co-written reports on health coverage, economic development, and wages and working conditions (including the biennial State of Working Iowa series).

For more information, email or call Dr. Chris Strunk of the Augustana Department of Geography, 309-794-7308.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833