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“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”—Leonardo da Vinci
There are various paths for action: some bold, some grand, some right in front of us—wherever we find ourselves or however we think ourselves capable, the ultimate polymathic value is… to act.
Juan de Lara, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity
Juan de Lara is a a human geographer who works at the intersections of race, space, and power. Their research focuses on urban political economy and the politics of space, the use of data science and technology in the restructuring of social relations of race, immigration, and labor by state agencies, and supporting community-based organizations in their efforts to resolve social disparities. Their book Inland Shift: Race, Space, and Capital in Inland Southern California uses logistics and commodity chains to unpack the black box of globalization by showing how the scientific management of bodies, space, and time produced new racialized labor regimes that facilitated a more complex and extended system of global production, distribution, and consumption.