2020: One City, Seven People, and the Year Everything Changed

- | McNeil Room 150
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The Urban Studies 2024 Gordon S. Bodek Lecture on Interracial and Interfaith Relations features Eric M. Klinenberg, an American sociologist and a scholar of urban studies, culture, and media. He is currently Helen Gould Shepard Professor in Social Science and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.

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At the heart of 2020: One Year, Seven People, and the Year Everything Changed are seven vivid profiles of ordinary New Yorkers—including an elementary school principal, a bar manager, a subway custodian, and a local political aide—whose experiences illuminate how Americans, and people across the globe, reckoned with 2020. Through these poignant stories, we revisit our own moments of hope and fear, the profound tragedies and losses in our communities, the mutual aid networks that brought us together, and the social movements that hinted at the possibilities of a better world.


Urban Studies thanks the Bodek family for supporting this lecture, which is intended to bring scholars and public figures to highlight issues related to increasingly complex multi-ethnic and racially diverse urban and metropolitan settings.