Vital Little Plans: A Conversation about Jane Jacobs and Public Writing
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Many consider Jane Jacobs the most influential urban thinker of the twentieth century. In "Vital Little Plans", Zipp and Storring collect for the first time a career-spanning selection of her short writings on a wide range of topics, from urban design to economics to morality, feminism to environmentalism, protest to politics. In this talk, the editors will explore the difficult process of collecting, curating, and interpreting the anthology, the delicate balance of honoring and challenging Jacobs's legacy, and what we can learn from her dual life as a public intellectual and activist.
Nathan Storring is a writer, curator, and researcher who specializes in interpreting urban issues for the public. He graduated from the MA in Public Humanities program in 2014 and currently works as a Communications Manager at Project for Public Spaces in New York. Sandy Zipp, Associate Professor of American Studies and Urban Studies at Brown, is a cultural, intellectual, and urban historian with particular interest in 20th century cities, United States cultural and political history since World War II, the built environment, and nonfiction writing.
Lunch will be provided.