Tom Paradis

Profile: Tom is Professor of Geography and Urban Planning at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, having moved to the Midwest after 18 years at Northern Arizona University. At NAU he was recognized as a President's Distinguished Teaching Fellow. His teaching and research interests include urban development, historical and cultural landscapes, community and urban design, architectural history, and tourism development. He also teaches a course called Weather, Climate & Society, and an innovative first-year seminar called Unpacking the Hunger Games. His recent books includes LIVING THE PALIO: A STORY OF COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC LIFE IN SIENA, ITALY (2020 expanded edition) which is available through numerous global retailers. His second, follow-up book about Siena was recently released, UNBRIDLED SPIRIT: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE 2018 EXTRAORDINARY PALIO IN SIENA, ITALY (March 2020). Tom's most recent book takes us away from Siena to the dystopian world of Panem and the Hunger games, in A PLACE CALLED DISTRICT 12: APPALACHIAN GEOGRAPHY AND MUSIC IN THE HUNGER GAMES (available on Amazon and global online retailers). This is the first major book to include interpretations of Suzanne Collins' recent prequel to her Hunger Games series, titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

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