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Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: Berger Gallery (207 College Hall), Duquesne University
Title: Healing the Post-Industrial City: Thinking Critically about Academic Medicine and Urban Change
Presenter: Dr. Andrew Simpson, Assistant Professor of History, Duquesne University

The increasing visibility of academic medicine in cities like Pittsburgh has contributed to a narrative of post-industrial renewal that centers the "eds and meds" economy as the major driver of positive urban change. While there is no doubt that emergence of this new economy has been broadly beneficial to many communities, serious challenges have accompanied its rise. This talk will examine the roots of the "eds and meds" economy and show how changes in the business of medicine during the 1980s and 1990s intersected with new community development needs in the post-industrial era. It will also raise questions about the social and economic costs of this new economy and think about how interested citizens can create more just and equitable ways to heal the post-industrial city.

Andrew Simpson's scholarship examines the relationship between cities and academic medical centers in the late twentieth century United States. He is currently working on a manuscript examining the development of health care institutions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas. Other projects include work on the history of telemedicine, focused especially on the role of NASA, and the history of emergency medical services in the United States. Simpson has worked with the Program for Deliberative Democracy to help foster public dialogue around issues of resource allocation in a public health emergency. At Duquesne, he teaches courses on health care history, urban history, environmental history, and U.S. and global history. He is a founding member of the Terra Learning Community. Prior to attending graduate school, Simpson worked in community development and on political campaigns.