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.



10/03/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM
Chicago Lawn: One Working-Class Neighborhood Through Two Economies
Nick Lemann, Columbia University

11/08/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Liberty Road: Conflict and Community in an African American Middle-Class Suburb
Greg Smithsimon, Brooklyn College, CUNY

02/07/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
‘Parks and People vs. Cars’: The Forgotten Battle over Madison Square Park
Owen Gutfreund, Hunter College, CUNY

02/09/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM
Germany Past and Present: A Conference in Honor of Volker Berghahn

Notes: Conference from 2:30-7:30pm. RSVP to by January 25.
03/06/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Just Space?: I.S. 201 and Public School Architecture during the Civil Rights Movement
Marta Gutman, City College of New York, CUNY

04/10/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
The Fox and the Lion: Race, Ethnicity, and the Evolution of Identity Politics in New York City
Michael Javen Fortner, Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, CUNY

04/17/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:30 PM
Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919
Mike Wallace, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Notes: Book launch with reception to follow.