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Upstate, Downstate Divide: A Discussion
Center for Small City, Rural Studies Tackles Topic
Written By Colleen Bierstine '15, PR Intern
Talk to be held at The Other Side, Genesee Street, Utica
Utica, NY (05/10/2014)- Alexander Thomas, director of the Utica Center for Small City and Rural Studies at Utica College, will present his talk “Upstate/Downstate” on Wednesday, May 21.
Thomas explains that it sometimes seems like Upstate and Downstate New York are two different planets, but he will challenge if this is true. He will ask: if there is such a big difference between them, then where does one end and the other begin?
The talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. It will be held at The Other Side in Utica, 2011 Genesee St., 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 1988 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 “Gilboa” and “In Gotham's Shadow,” written about Utica, Cooperstown and Hartwick, and he is the co-author of “Spotlight on Social Research” and “Upstate Down.” Thomas is also the author of several articles and presentations.
For more information about the Utica Center for Small City and Rural Studies at Utica College, visit http://www.utica.edu/academic/institutes/ucsc/.
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 36 undergraduate majors, 27 minors, 21 graduate, pre-professional and special programs.
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