New York City went through two notable periods of crisis and change during the 1930s and the 1970s. This master class will offer a brief exploration of New York in these two very different decades, looking at their remarkable political, economic, cultural, and artistic transformations. Readings may include texts by Fiorello La Guardia, Ed Koch, Langston Hughes, Grace Paley, and Patti Smith. Through this history, we will think together about the challenges that contemporary New York is facing—and we’ll reflect on how these periods of change might help us gain greater insight into possibilities for the present day.
NYC HISTORY, US HISTORY, ETC.
Kim Phillips-Fein is Robert Gardiner-Kenneth T. Jackson Professor of History at Columbia University. She is the author of Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and The Rise of Austerity Politics and Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal.