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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.

Mary Rocco

Elizabeth Milagros Alvarez

Meeting Schedule

11/01/2023 Zoom
7:00 PM
Collective Stewardship: Flexibility and Evolution for a Successful Public Private Partnership Joint meeting with (511)
Meredith S. Horsford, Historic House Trust of NYC; NYC Parks


After 20 years in the cultural heritage field working in a variety of organizations including a hands-on preservation nonprofit, a community-focused house museum, and even a mayoral residence, she brings a unique viewpoint to her joint roles as Director of Historic Houses at NYC Parks and Executive Director of the Historic House Trust of NYC. Join Meredith in discussing how to stay relevant in an ever-changing cityscape while remaining dedicated to the preservation of New York City’s built environment.

01/31/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University / Zoom
7:00 PM
Mapping Historical New York
Gergo Baics, Barnard College

Rebecca Kobrin, Columbia University

Dan Miller, GSAPP

03/20/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University / Zoom
7:00 PM
Brian Golstein, Swarthmore College

04/17/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University / Zoom
7:00 PM

Willow Lung Amam, University of Maryland