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Geography Department's Spring Colloquium Series presents Dr. Meghan Cope

Eggers Hall, Room 018

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Meghan Cope, Professor of Geography at the University of Vermont will speak on, "Mapping American Childhoods: The Hidden Migrations of 'Destitute Children' in Early 20th Century Vermont."

Dr. Cope is an urban social geographer who is interested in the ways that social, economic, political, and environmental processes influence cities and communities, as well as the ways that people's everyday lives create meaningful spaces and places within, or even against, the larger-scale processes operating on them. Her focus has always been on social/spatial processes of marginalization and disempowerment through gender, race/ethnicity, class, and youth. Dr. Cope is currently working on a new project called Mapping American Childhoods, focused on the 20th and 21st Centuries, which takes a look at themes of mobility and migration, health and mortality, the cultural production of ‘childhood in place’, and young people’s experiences of racial segregation and suburbanization from a ‘critical youth geographies’ perspective. She recently won the Frank Bryan Summer Research Award from the Center for Research on Vermont to fund part of this work based on historical records of indigent children in Burlington at the turn of the 20th C.


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