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Director of Utica Center for Small City and Rural Studies Center to Present Talk
Written By Colleen Bierstine '15, PR Intern
Thomas, UC alum, center director and author, to give talk Oct. 30
Utica, NY (10/21/2013)- Alexander Thomas, director of the Utica Center for Small City and Rural Studies, will talk about current trends and opportunities for Utica in his lecture “Too Many Eggs for One Basket: The ‘Creative Class’ and Utica’s Future.”
The creative class has received attention recently for its potential to revitalize aging cities. Thomas will argue that, to build a brighter future, cities like Utica need to take a holistic approach that includes recent immigrants, linkages to other cities and regions and even the suburbs.
The lecture will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. It will be held at The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St., Utica, and it is free and open to the public.
Thomas graduated from UC with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1991, and a bachelor’s in history in 1992. He earned a Ph.D. from Northeast University in 1998 and is now an associate professor of sociology at SUNY Oneonta.
Thomas’ current research focuses on the development of cities and their relationship to the hinterland in the Ancient Near East and the lessons to be learned for modern cities. Thomas is the author of “In Gotham's Shadow,” written about Utica, Cooperstown and Hartwick, and he is the co-author of “Spotlight on Social Research” and “Upstate Down.”
About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 4,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 29 minors, 20 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.
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