University of Arizona
Oct. 13, 2004
What does it mean to be Irish in America and who gets to decide how Irishness is produced in public spaces?
In this talk Sallie Marston challenges us to see important relationships between language and physical space as she examines a Supreme Court ruling that gave one group exclusive rights to define Irish-American-ness in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. Her talk explores the implications of such decisions for the use and meaning of public space, and public speech.
Sallie Marston is Professor of Geography and Regional Development at the University of Arizona. She received her PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research focuses on US urban politics, and the importance of space to social theory and political activism. She has over 50 scholarly publications including books, book chapters, journal articles, and encyclopedia entries. She is also the co-author of two textbooks:
Places and Regions in Global Context and World Regions in Global Context, the former receiving the coveted
“Texty Award” for the best Humanities and Social Science Textbook in 1999. In 2000, it became the best-selling introductory human geography textbook in the U.S.
Sallie Marston is the recipient of the University of Arizona’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award.