Epic Histories with Mike Wallace and Nell Irvin Painter
Join two renowned American historians for a conversation about the challenges of writing epic narrative histories. Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Mike Wallace, author of Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 -- his long-awaited sequel to Gotham -- sits down with fellow distinguished historian Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People. The two scholars will discuss the relationship between Wallace's work on New York City history and Painter's on Southern history.
Book signing and reception to follow.
About the Speakers:
Nell Irvin Painter is the Edwards Professor Emeritus of American History at Princeton University specializing in Southern history. Her most recent book, The History of White People (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), explores the idea of whiteness, beginning in ancient Greece and continuing through 2,000 years of Western civilization. Painter formerly served as the president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH).
Mike Wallace is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and co-author with Edwin G. Burrows of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (Oxford University Press, 1998). He is the founder of the Gotham Center for New York City History at the CUNY Graduate School. In addition to teaching history to police officers and others at John Jay since 1971, Wallace has also worked with museums, filmmakers, radio producers, and novelists to make historical scholarship accessible to non-specialists. His new book, Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919, will be released by Oxford University Press on September 4, 2017.
This event is part of Core Conversations, a series of lectures, talks, and tours in which New York City's leading thinkers examine the four key themes of our New York at Its Core exhibition -- diversity, density, money, and creativity -- each through their own unique lens. To view all of the programs in the series, click here.
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