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“Toronto’s Olympic Aspirations: A Bid for the Waterfront”

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill 325
Description: GRS Lecture – “Toronto’s Olympic Aspirations: A Bid for the Waterfront” by Robert Oliver

Robert Oliver, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech. His expertise and primary research effort seeks to expose how various claims to urban space are rendered visible during the mega-event (i.e. Olympics, World Cup, Pan American Games) planning and hosting process. The study of mega-events provides geographers with a critical opportunity to examine the intersections of public space, symbolism and entrepreneurial urbanism. This research has been supported by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Study Centre. In particular he has been investigating how various interest groups in Toronto have used bids for the Olympic Games (as well as other sporting events such as the Pan American Games) as an occasion to redefine the vision for the city’s waterfront.

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