A lecture/workshop course—04479: Power & Place: Culture and Conflict in the Built Environment—is being offered in Spring 2016 as part of the MDes Critical Conservation program at the Graduate School of Design to study and analyze the processes and expressions of power in the built North American environment. The goal is to foster an understanding of urban ethics and an awareness of the political uses of history and identity in North America, issues that are applicable to different parts of the built world. A series of conversations with noted scholars will support the inquiry of group research projects examining three cities where the history of cultural conflict and the spatial patterns of exclusion aimed expressed in racial, ethnic, economic and religious frames have left an indelible imprint on the character of the city.
Theodore Hershberg, Ph.D., Professor of Public Policy and History and Director of the Center for Greater Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania He served as Assistant to the Mayor (Philadelphia) for Strategic Planning and Policy Development (1984-85) and Acting Dean of Penn’s School of Public and Urban Policy. Hershberg has had three major research interests: Education Reform, Regional Cooperation and Urban-Industrial Transformation. From 1969 to 1981, Hershberg founded and directed the Philadelphia Social History Project, a crossdisciplinary research effort aimed at understanding the black experience in an American city and the larger impacts of industrialization on urban space. His scholarly writings analyzed Philadelphia’s industrial development and the experience of its diverse immigrant groups
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