The New City Reconsidered: Race, Poverty, and the Urban Future Since Katrina|
AMST 322, HIST 335|
From Chicago after the Great Fire of 1871 to Watts after the riots of 1965, moments of chaos or disaster have revealed cities' pre-existing racial, ethnic, and economic rifts while raising often controversial questions about the viability, design, and development of particular neighborhoods. This seminar takes the debate surrounding the rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina as a point of departure for proposing an urban future. We will look at issues of housing, education, labor, displacement, and economic development, and urban culture, drawing from a variety of disciplines and cases, with an emphasis on historical examples of urban rebuilding, renewal, and reconfiguration. Readings will include both recent scholarship, commentary, and policy proposals for New Orleans and historical accounts relevant to the questions posed by the recent disaster.
Effective Citizenship, Writing
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Chester Hartman and Gregory Squires; THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A NATURAL
DISASTER: RACE, CLASS, AND HURRICANE KATRINA Karen Sawislak, SMOLDERING CITY: CHICAGOANS AND THE GREAT FIRE, 1871-1874 Robert Halpern, REBUILDING THE INNER CITY June Manning Thomas (Editor), Marsha Ritzdorf (Editor), URBAN PLANNING AND THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY: IN THE SHADOWS. (excerpts)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short (3-5 page) papers, a research proposal, and a final research paper (historical or policy-related) approximately 15 pages.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Requires previous coursework related to urban topics, but the instructor will seek to admit students from a variety of disciplines (AFAM, HIST, GOVT, architecture, political science, sociology).
|Instructor(s): Jackson,Mandi Isaacs Times: ...W... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: CAMS 2; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
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