Labor, Literature and Landmark Lecture Series

Labor Lectures  2017  

(The 2017 Labor Lectures will be added later this year. In the meantime please scroll down to see our Labor Lectures from the past 2016 spring – several of these lectures can be viewed on our YouTube Channel)

This season’s labor lectures explores different aspects of the urban infrastructure and urban environment of the City.

Tuesday May 3 at 6.30pm – Screening of One Track Mind with Philip Ashforth Coppola and Director Jeremy Workman

Philip Ashforth Coppola has devoted all his free time in the last 40 years to cataloging every station in the New York City subway system. Filmed over the course of four years, One Track Mind is a portrait of a man consumed by a singular obsession. The film, shot almost entirely in the subways using small handheld cameras, is also a loving portrait of a city’s unique artistic idiosyncrasies.

Tuesday, May 17th at 6.30pm – Vertical Urban Factory: The Social and Architectural Shifts of the Urban Factory with Nina Rappaport, Architectural Historian, Curator and Publications Director, Yale School of Architecture

The architectural historian, Nina Rappaport, will discuss her book Vertical Urban Factory and outline the social and architectural issues of the factory in the productive city, and future scenarios for urban manufacturing. Ms. Rappaport will provide an overview of the innovative architecture of factories and the technologies that guide their design and their impact on labor as well as ways to reintegrate manufacturing into city life. These new paradigms will prove to be more sustainable, self-sufficient, and socially equitable workplaces.

Tuesday, June 7th at 6.30pm – The Works: Anatomy of a City with Kate Ascher,                                        Milstein Professor of Urban Development at Columbia University and Partner, Burohappold Engineering

Using New York City as her point of reference, Kate Ascher in The Works: Anatomy of a City answers questions about the way things work in the modern city. She will discuss her book that focuses on the innovative technologies and physical infrastructure that keep the city working as well as the people who support them: the pilots who bring cargo ships into the harbor, the sandhogs who are currently digging the Third Water Tunnel under Manhattan, the television engineer who scales the Empire State Building’s antenna for routine maintenance, the electrical wizards who maintain the century-old system that delivers power to subways.

Thursday, June 23rd at 6.30pm – Picking Up with Robin Nagle, Anthropologistin-Residence with the Department of Sanitation in New York City and Director, Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program, NYU

The anthropologist Robin Nagle will discuss her book, Picking Up and her experiences  inside New York City’s Department of Sanitation, a largely unseen and often unloved army responsible for keeping the city alive. Nagle spent a decade with sanitation people of all ranks to learn what it takes to manage Gotham’s garbage.  Ms. Nagle offers an insider’s perspective on the complex hierarchies, intricate rules, and obscure language unique to this mostly invisible world.

$15 General admission; $10 General Society, New York Landmarks Conservancy Members  & Senior Citizens; $5 Students. To register please contact the General Society at: 212.840.1840 or email:[email protected]

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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