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Legal Expert Michelle Wilde Anderson on "Dissolving Cities"


On this edition of ST, we are joined by Michelle Wilde Anderson, an Assistant Professor at the UC-Berkeley School of Law and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Stanford Law School. She'll deliver the Sixth Annual Judge Stephanie K. Seymour Lecture in Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law tonight, Wednesday the 12th, at 6pm. (The event will happen in the John Rogers Hall courtroom on the TU campus, with a pre-lecture reception at 5:30pm in John Rogers Hall mezzanine.) Professor Anderson's talk, drawn from a paper she published earlier this year, will be on "Dissolving Cities." Incredible as it may seem, as many cities in America over the past decade have been dissolved as have been created. More and more frequently, in fact, citizens are opting --- in response to long-term economic distress, and in reaction to various other factors --- to dissolve their city governments and become unincorporated. Professor Anderson's lecture will emphasize the history of municipal dissolution in Oklahoma, including the closing of many of the state's all-black towns. Her talk will also explain and explore the current dissolution phenomenon unfolding in struggling cities across the nation --- and will call for new laws and regulations regarding city dissolution in America. (You can learn more about tonight's Stephanie K. Seymour Lecture in Law here at TU at this link.)

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