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Utopian Ambitions and Political Realities: Renewing American Cities in the Suburban Age, with Implications for Asia

Business and Policy
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Luncheon Presentation
Registration 12:15pm
Luncheon 12:30pm
Close 2:00pm 

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. This lecture will examine the postwar urban redevelopment effort to reveal a more complex story of its admirable ambitions and undermining flaws and explore implications for cities in Asia. 

Lizabeth Cohen is dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Howard Mumford Jones professor of American Studies in the Department of History at Harvard University. Dean Cohen has also served as chair of the Department of History and director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. She served as co-chair (with Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Graduate School of Design) of the Common Spaces Steering Committee, and continues to serve on the advisory committee for Common Spaces Projects. An expert on 20th-century American social and political history, Dean Cohen is the author of Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939, which won the Bancroft Prize in American History and the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is also the author of A Consumers’ Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America. Dean Cohen’s current book project is Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age. Dean Cohen graduated from Princeton University and received her master’s and doctorate in American history from the University of California, Berkeley. 


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Event Details

Mon 16 Oct 2017
12:30pm - 2:00pm

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

$500 Asia Society members/ Harvard Club members; $650 Non-members