Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley: Image and Reality

This talk will focus on how Youngstown, Ohio, and the Mahoning Valley have become the archetype of the once prosperous industrial region that has declined in the post-industrial era. In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, it has become a rite of passage for journalists to take pilgrimages to Youngstown to attempt to understand why a region that has traditionally voted for Democrats gave a solid majority to Donald Trump. This presentation will place the Mahoning Valley in the geographic ontext of U.S. cultural and economic regions; identify the cultural traditions that define the Mahoning Valley; and explore the recent economic evolution that is transforming the region. The outcome of the 2016 election was decided by places such as the Mahoning Valley; an outcome that is the product of its ongoing geographic development. 

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Maraffa, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Youngstown State University

Presented by the Department of Global Studies and Geography

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Political Science, Sociology, and Economics.


This is a Geography Awareness Week event.


Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Free and open to the public. 

This event is free, but advance registration is required. Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018



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