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Spring Lecture Series | Saskia Sassen

Our lecture next week will not be held at our regularly scheduled time, Friday at 12 PM. Instead it will be Wednesday, January 21st, at 1 PM. We will be welcoming Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Chair of The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, Saskia Sassen.

Saskia Sassen headshot (2015)

Her most recent book Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy is a groundbreaking analysis of the ways in which economic power is increasingly exerted across traditional jurisdictions and boundaries. In the book Sassen traces complex logistical, legal, and algorithmic mechanisms that determine the distribution of wealth and the treatment of land and natural resources in a context of widening inequality, intense development of resources, and weakening state institutions and legal regimes. She reaches the sobering conclusion that these regimes are increasingly calibrated to function optimally without necessarily using human resources fully. The result is that large populations may be permanently left over – expelled – from the system, and subjected to increasingly brutal forms of policing and neglect. Her analysis helps explain the increasingly varied fortunes of “winner” and “loser” cities and the deep systemic challenges facing cities like Cleveland that have been subject to the global operations of industrial restructuring and speculative finance.

Other books by Saskia Sassen include Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global, A Sociology of Globalization, and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy. Her books are translated into over 20 languages. She has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in multiple lists. She was awarded the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences and elected to the Netherlands Royal Academy of the Sciences. To learn more about Saskia Sassen and her work, please visit www.saskiasassen.com.

As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 1-2 PM on Wednesday, January 21st, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

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