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Thrust into the global economy

September 25, 2013

Faranak Miraftab, professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will present “Making a Home in a Company Town – Beardstown,”  the next offering of the MacMurray College Speakers Series, Diversity in the Heartland.

 Dr. Miraftab’s talk will be 7:30 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 2 in the Thoresen Recital Hall, located at the Putnam/Springer Building on the southeast corner of State and Clay streets on the MacMurray campus in Jacksonville. The talk is free and open to the public.

 In Beardstown, IL, a multinational corporation recruited Hispanic and African workers to a Midwestern rural town that was previously all-white. Drawing from research for her upcoming book on the immigrant experiences there, Dr. Miraftab will examine the process of rapid change in Beardstown, the emerging dynamics of such diverse populations and how those are negotiated and renegotiated as workers and their families try to make a new home in this heartland company town.

 Her talk will also take a look at the larger picture of how local dynamics play a role in the global, by paying close attention not only to the constraints but also the opportunities that the small town may offer in transnational processes and practices. In addition, she will talk about the ways that the local and global, transnational and trans-local practices and processes shape the global mobility of a migrant labor force.

Dr. Miraftab’s core research interest is in how low-income groups and women in particular access housing and basic urban services. Key concepts in her research include debates on community-based strategies and mobilizations; non-governmental, non-profit organizations and grassroots social movements; participatory planning processes; empowerment; citizenship and development.  She is the author or co-editor of several books and more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed publications. For more information, click here.

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