The inaugural lecture by new Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen RI '02 will address a topic central to her work as a scholar of 20th-century American urban history.
Americans after World War II increasingly equated being modern with suburban life, and cities struggled to retain their importance to the nation's economy and culture. "Urban renewal" seemed to promise a new future for cities, but today it is often dismissed as a huge mistake. In this lecture, Cohen will examine some of the places, people, and power structures behind urban renewal to reveal a more complex story of its admirable ambitions and undermining flaws.
The event is free and open to the public.