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Richardson Lecturer: Andrew Hurley Presents

Date: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Richardson Auditorium,
Morse-Ingersoll Hall

Contact: Dan Bartlett,

De-Industrialization and the Creation of Junkyard Economies in Urban America

Environment, Extinction, and History – The 2014 Richardson Lecture Series

The lecture series is supported by the Richardson Lecture Fund, named in honor of former History Professor Robert “Dickie” Richardson, and the Mellon Foundation Labs Across the Curriculum grant.

Andrew Hurley

Professor of History

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Former manufacturing enclaves located on the metropolitan fringe were among the most devastated by the undoing of America’s manufacturing economy in the 1970s and 1980s.  Deindustrialization saddled communities with hulking factory carcasses, decaying rail spurs, toxic waste dumps, and strained financial resources. 

One common but understudied redevelopment response has been the integration of these former industrial sites into regional networks of waste handling and disposal.  In the final decades of the twentieth century, manufacturing suburbs adapted and expanded a robust infrastructure for moving and transforming materials to accommodate burgeoning volumes of post-consumer garbage and scrap. Hurley’s talk will explore this transformation.

Andrew Hurley is Professor of History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he teaches courses in United States history, urban history, and public history.  He is the author of Beyond Preservation: Using Public History to Revitalize Inner-Cities (Temple University Press); Diners, Bowling Alleys, and Trailer Parks: Chasing the American Dream in Postwar Consumer Culture (Basic Books); and Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race, and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980 As a member of the Virtual City Project at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, he works with computer programmers, architects, and scholars to develop software for the 3D reconstruction of historic landscapes.  His current research focuses on the recent history of industrial suburbs in the United States.

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