SEEDS to Host Dr. Petra Doan on Friday, October 24

The SEEDS program (a SEED for Success) will host Dr. Petra Doan, professor in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at Florida State University, on Friday, October 24.

Professor Doan's talk is titled "The Demise of Queer Space? The Role of Planning in Atlanta's LGBT Spaces." She will explore the evolution og LGBTQ spaces in Atlanta, with a special focus on the Midtown area. Since the 1970s, Midtown has been the most prominent gay neighborhood in Georgia and possibly the Southeast. This area has experienced strong gentrification pressures over the past 20 years, and Doan will assert that urban planners and city officials have been complicit in enabling the redevelopment of this area. She will explore the consequences of this situation for LGBTQ spaces in the Atlanta area and elsewhere.

The lecture is sponsored through a SEEDS/College of Arts & Sciences You Choose Leadership Award to J. Miguel Kanai, assistant professor of geography & regional studies. It is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, the Department of Geography and Regional Studies, the Women's & Gender Studies Program, the Urban Studies Program and the American Studies Program.

The lecture will take place in the 3rd Floor Conference Room of the Otto Richter Library. It is free and open to the UM community. For more information, please visit

October 01, 2014