The City

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This seminar undertakes a wide-ranging consideration of the city—its history, functions, problems, and glories. Sessions are devoted to urban cultural and social history, and to the meaning of physical form and landscape of both American and world-wide cities. The heterogeneous nature of the seminar’s membership is reflected in the variety of subjects that the meetings address.

Professor Lisa Keller

Fr. Stephen M. Koeth

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



10/03/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Bombing for Justice: Terrorism and Political Violence in New York City, 1964-1990
Jeffrey Kroessler, John Jay College, CUNY

11/13/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Segregation, Surveillance and Gentrification at the Crossroads: New York City, Newark and Los Angeles
Camilo José Vergara, Independent Writer, Photographer, and Documentarian

02/13/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
The Informatics of Death and Life in a Great American City: Using the Digitized City Record
Jonathan Soffer, New York University

03/12/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Can Philanthropy Save the Legacy City? Foundations and Urban Revitalization in the 21st Century
Mary Rocco, Barnard College, Columbia University

04/16/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Community Development, Chicago Style: South Shore National Bank and the Fight to Save African American Neighborhoods in 1970s Chicago
Beryl Satter, Rutgers University-Newark