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Geographer to speak on 'Place, Art and Self,' Oct. 8

Eminent geographer Yi-Fu Tuan will present a lecture titled "Place, Art and Self" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in McCosh 50.

Tuan, who retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998, is ranked among the country's most distinguished cultural geographers. He is the author of "Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience," which was published by the University of Minnesota Press in a new edition in 2001, some 20 years after its original publication.

"Space and Place" not only established the discipline of human geography, but it has influenced diverse fields such as theater, literature, anthropology, psychology and theology. In his Princeton address, Tuan will touch on some of the themes of the book: how human beings feel the tug of both place and space, stability and change, and how both are needed for a fully developed sense of self. While places often change rapidly today, works of art do not, providing humans with "surrogate places."

Tuan's talk is designated as the J. Edward Farnum Lecture and is part of the University's Public Lectures Series . It will be Webcast live.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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