Suketu Mehta: “Community: What is the City but the People? “

Cities can be resilient not just in their physical structure but in their spirit. In the absence of a functioning government, they survive through a series of solidarity networks that sustain the populace, small solutions for the big city. What role does the state have in fostering them? How do we fashion a city that may not include everybody, but excludes nobody?
What is the city but the people?” asks Shakespeare in Coriolanus. In this series of lectures, writer Suketu Mehta looks at the urban human being, exploring themes of migration, loneliness, and community in the world’s cities. Mehta is author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found (2004), which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He has won the Whiting Writers Award and an O. Henry Prize for his essays and fiction, which have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Harper’s, Time, and Newsweek, and featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and “All Things Considered.” Mehta is currently working on a book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

For information on the other lectures in this series see links below: 

Suketu Mehta: “Migration: Storytelling the City”

Suketu Mehta: “Alienation: The Sadness of Cities”

Cosponsored by the South Asia Institute at Harvard University. 

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