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Applying History to Present Challenges

October 19, 2020 7:00 PM — 8:00 PM


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As battles continue to rage over Confederate War monuments and with the future of American cities so uncertain, historical experience can help inform understanding and action. Join Harvard Professor and former Dean of the Radcliffe Institute Lizabeth Cohen in a conversation on how a well-informed historical perspective can equip us to revisit public memorials, monuments, and exhibits; to address mounting racial tensions; and to develop effective public policy. Professor Cohen will also discuss her newest book, Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age, which recently won the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History, and how the lessons learned from urban renewal efforts in the 1960’s and 1970’s can be applied to the challenges we face today.

Lizabeth Cohen is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies and a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of History at Harvard. From 2011-18 she was the dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Professor Cohen has published a popular textbook and multiple books, including Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939, winner of the Bancroft Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer. Among many awards and honors, Professor Cohen has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley and her A.B. from Princeton University.

Professor Cohen’s book Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age will be available in partnership with the Concord Bookshop.

This program is part of the Concord Festival of Authors.

Please note that this forum is virtual. Advanced registration is required. Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live on Monday, October 19.

This is a free event.  Donations are encouraged to support the Concord Museum’s Education initiatives.

This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund.



October 19
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm