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

Stephen Koeth

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



10/18/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM
Poisonous Paths: Text-mining, Lead Mining and Urban Health History
David Rosner, Columbia University

Merlin Chowkwanyun, Columbia University

11/09/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM
The Levittowners: A Half Century Perspective
Herbert Gans, Columbia University

Harvey Molotch, New York University

Kenneth T. Jackson, Columbia University

02/15/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM
Investing in Distress: Tax Delinquency, Tax Buying, and the Political Economy of Real Estate Speculation in Urban America
Andrew W. Kahrl, University of Virginia

03/30/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
9:00 AM
America in a Time of War: City, Economy and Politics, 1914-1918
Featured Lecturers: Ambassador Gerard Araud, Volker Beghahn, Ian Buruma, Ken Jackson, Robert Jervis, Lisa Keller, Paul Kennedy, Rebecca Kobrin, Jack Levy, John Maurer, Jörg Nagler, Michael Neiberg, Mary Nolan, Susan Pedersen, Adam Tooze, Ross Wilson, and Jay Winter,

Notes: 2 DAY CONFERENCE. 3/30-3/31/2017.
04/18/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM
Murder in the Shape of a City
Eric Schneider, University of Pennsylvania

Presented by Howard Gillette, Rutgers University