It is with great sadness that we write to share the news that Neil Smith passed away earlier today. To say that Neil was an incredible source of intellectual energy and inspiration for the entire CUNY community would be a profound understatement; to say that his work, especially his mesmerizing American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization, profoundly shaped the state of American Studies would also hardly do his generative brilliance justice. Neil’s passion for intellectual inquiry, his commitments to social justice, and his unwavering support for students and colleagues alike are irreplaceable losses. His encouraging presence touched more people than it is possible to recount, and he was taken from us far too soon. He will always be missed.
Please visit the Center for Place, Culture, and Power website for more information and to share your thoughts at http://pcp.gc.cuny.edu/2012/09/neil-smith/
With deep regret and continued love,
Duncan & Kandice