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Dr. Richard Florida is the speaker for the Spring 2017 Discovery Themes Lecture about his upcoming book The New Urban Crisis. The lecture takes place on April 19 at Mershon Auditorium on OSU's main campus. The event is free and open to the public. Live stream will also be available to those with Ohio State credential (name.#) Richard Florida is the author of the best-selling The Rise of the Creative Class and a former Ohio State faculty member. In his upcoming book, The New Urban Crisis, Florida argues that as the middle class continues to shrink, our cities are becoming small areas of privilege surrounded by vast swaths of disadvantage. His talk comes as Ohio State—a founding member of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities—is re-examining how it can best address the needs of Columbus. For additional details including registration go to https://cura.osu.edu/florida.