Don Mitchell (author of The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space as well as other great pieces) has just written a really wonderful biographical essay on the late Neil Smith. Check it out here.
The Cities & Globalization Working Group is a group of faculty and graduate students at George Mason University. Interest in the study of cities in global context, and of cities as transnational spaces where globalization is produced, experienced, and challenged, has grown dramatically in recent years. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines have turned their attention to urban spaces, which for the first time in history are home to a majority of the urban population. The purpose of the working group is to both contribute a distinctive voice to this interdisciplinary inquiry and to develop a collaborative space, drawing from the considerable expertise that exists within the university. More