Press Release for Monday, September 13, 2004

Noted Sociologist to Kick Off UNF Lecture Series

JACKSONVILLE -- The Distinguished Voices Lecture Series at the University of North Florida will begin when noted sociologist Harvey Molotch discusses “City as Art and Artifact: How Design, Delight and Fooling Around Build Economies and Nice Days.”

Molotch will speak Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lazzara Performance Hall in the Fine Arts Center on the UNF campus. His lecture is free and open to the public.

Molotch is considered to be one of the most influential living urban sociologists. He is a professor of metropolitan studies and sociology at New York University, and he was awarded the 2003 Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the American Sociological Association’s Urban&Community Studies Section.

He also is the author of the 2003 book “Where Stuff Comes From: How Toasters, Toilets, Cars, Computers and Many Other Things Come to Be as They Are.” The book looks at how art and aesthetics drive economies and innovations. It won the 2004 Mirra Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society.

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