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Migratory Farm Workers Topic of Distinguished Geographer Lecture

MacArthur Award-winning scholar Don Mitchell

Don Mitchell

MacArthur Award-winning scholar Don Mitchell will explore how migratory labor redefined California’s agricultural landscape for the Distinguished Geographer Lecture at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Old Main Room  at the Bone Student Center.

The talk, titled Big Growers and Guest Workers: Remaking Agricultural California as a Counter-Revolutionary Landscape, is free and open to the public.

The Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University, Mitchell’s research centers on cultural geography. His work has been honored with fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Rockefeller Bellagio Study and Conference Center as well as Fulbright Fellowships to the University of Oslo and the University of Chile. In 2012 he was awarded the Retzius Medal in Gold by the King of Sweden.

Mitchell is the author of They Saved the Crops: Labor, Landscape, and the Struggle over Industrial Farming in Bracero-Era California; 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 in America. Mitchell’s work has appeared in scholarly journals such as Urban Geography and the Journal of Historical Geography.

Along with his research on migratory labor, Mitchell has written on housing and the homeless in public spaces. His work has received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation as well as those from the Gifford Foundation and the Allyn Foundation. He was the founder and the director of the People’s Geography Project at Syracuse.

For additional information,  contact the Department of Geography-Geology at 438-7640.

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