Professor Lynnell Thomas to Talk Big Ideas Sunday on CityLine

October 12, 2012

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Thomas to Talk About Her Involvement in IDEAS Boston Conference

Associate Professor of American Studies Lynnell L. Thomas will appear on WCVB-TV Channel 5’s CityLine on Sunday, October 14, to talk about her involvement in this month’s IDEAS Boston at UMass Boston conference.

CityLine is WCVB-TV’s weekly urban news and feature magazine program that airs on Sundays at noon.

Thomas will be joined on the program by another IDEAS Boston speaker, David Cancel, who is the chief product officer for software marketing company HubSpot. Thomas and Cancel are part of a 14-speaker lineup featuring innovators and leading thinkers in the arts, science, technology, and public policy fields, who will share their latest and biggest ideas on Wednesday, October 24, in UMass Boston’s Campus Center Ballroom.

Thomas is an American studies scholar currently writing about Hurricane Katrina, who uses popular culture to understand American identity, the modern South, and multiculturalism in the post-Civil Rights era. At IDEAS Boston, Thomas will speak on "Wounds that Have Not Healed: Disaster and Democracy in the Wake of Katrina." Cancel’s topic is "Creating a Customer Driven Economy."

Tickets for IDEAS Boston are $250. Nonprofit and student tickets are $100. Pre-registration is required, and closes on October 17. To register and read up on all of the speakers, visit

IDEAS Boston is sponsored by UMass Boston, Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Flagship, IBM, Pfizer, Plymouth Rock Insurance, and State Street. Ticket sponsors are the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Interise, Stay in MA, and Tufts Health Plan.

Media partners for the event are The Boston Globe, 90.9 WBUR, 91.9 WUMB, WCVB-TV, MassInc, and Comcast.

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