Urban Readers Series: Lee Anne Fennell - "Slices and Lumps"

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Lee Anne Fennell

The Urban Readers Series presents Lee Anne Fennell on Slices and Lumps: Division and Aggregation in Law and Life. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with the Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy at the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation.

At the Co-op

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About the book: From “lumpy goods” like bridges and highways that are valuable only when complete, to resources and assets that become more useful when artfully subdivided, human well-being depends on assembling useful lumps and carving out useful slices. Challenges of aggregation and division surface in myriad contexts, from hot button issues like conservation and eminent domain to developments in the sharing economy to personal struggles over work, money, time, diet, and exercise. Yet the significance of configuration is often overlooked, leading to missed opportunities for improving our lives. With a technology-fueled entrepreneurial explosion underway that is dividing goods, services, and jobs in novel ways, and as urbanization and environmental threats raise the stakes for assembling resources and cooperation, this is an especially exciting and crucial time to confront questions of slicing and lumping. The future of the city, the workplace, the marketplace, and the environment all turn on matters of configuration, as do the prospects for more effective legal doctrines, for better management of finances and health, and more. This book reveals configuration’s power and potential—as a unifying concept and as a focus of public and private innovation.

About the author: Lee Anne Fennell is the Max Pam Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Her teaching and research interests include property, torts, land use, housing, social welfare law, state and local government law, and public finance. She is the author of The Unbounded Home (2009).

About the Urban Readers Series: The Urban Readers Series invites the curious public to meet UChicago's faculty authors and urban scholars worldwide who think and write about cities. Sponsored by the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, the series explores urban life and brings the university’s work in conversation with the public.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637