UW-Platteville’s Rowley publishes book

May 10, 2013
Dr. Rex Rowley

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville boasts many professors on campus who have the credentials to administer a great education to the students. One professor in particular recently published a book using his personal experience to convey a different message about perceived notions of a major popular geographical area.

“This book began as my doctoral dissertation,” said Dr. Rex Rowley, UW-Platteville assistant professor of geography, who recently published his book, “Everyday Las Vegas.” “It began as an idea to write from a geographer’s perspective about a city that I knew really well because I had grown up there,” he said.

“Everyday Las Vegas,” published through the University of Nevada Press, examines Sin City and the two million people who call it home, looking at the routines of everyday life through interviews with more than 100 local residents, in a place that is an attractive get-away spot.

Rowley is looking forward to incorporating his newly published book into his curriculum. “I’ve been trained and taught that people should teach what they know the best. This character and understanding of urban places is what I know the best,” he said.

“I enjoy teaching identity in urban places, and how people identify with their places and what kind of personalities cities develop. That is the underlying message in this book; what is going on in this place to make it unique and different. This is what I’ve spent the last eight years of my life writing about,” said Rowley.

Rowley hopes this book will open the eyes of the readers to the geography around them; noticing different aspects of the places they live and how they interact with the places they live. “Over the years, when people go back to the places they came from, they realize that there is an imprint of you on that place, and there is an imprint of that place on you. That is the realization I hope people get from this book, and recognize that is geography,” he said.

Rowley dedicated his book to his wife, Rachel Rowley. “She is very deserving of a line of credit for the time and energy that went into this book,” said Rowley.

For more information, or to request a review copy of this book, please contact Mike Campbell at the University of Nevada Press.

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu


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