“What is Urban? Tales from the Front-lines”
The question of what defines and characterizes people, places, or things as “urban” underscores the field of urban studies. Dr. Steven Corey will provide an overview of how assumptions and understandings of “urban” shape contemporary scholarship and political discourse in the United States. He will highlight theoretical and pedagogical approaches with the work of students and colleagues here at Columbia and his previous institution of Worcester State University as they seek to understand contemporary urban forms and processes, as well as construct and reconfigure innovative academic programs of the field of urban studies.
Steven H. Corey is Professor and Chair of the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. He is co-editor (with Dr. Lisa Krissoff Boehm) of The American Urban Reader: History and Theory (Routledge, 2011), and co-author (with Dr. Elizabeth Fee) of Garbage! The History of Politics and Trash in New York City (New York Public Library, 1994), which won the Katherine Kyes Leab & Daniel J. Leab Exhibition Catalogue Award for Excellence from the American Library Association in 1996. He is currently working with Dr. Krissoff Boehm on a new volume tentatively entitled American’s Urban History (Routledge, forthcoming). Dr. Corey’s research and teaching interests are in urban, environmental, and cultural studies, public history, social history, and public policy. Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Corey served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Studies at Worcester State University, where he earned a reputation for innovative, student-centered pedagogy, receiving that institution’s highest faculty honor, the George I. Alden Award for Excellence in Teaching, in May of 2012. His scholarship on inquiry-based education was also recognized by the American Historical Association in 2011 when it awarded him with the William Gilbert Award for the Best Article on Teaching History for “Pedagogy and Place: Merging Urban and Environmental History with Active Learning,” published in the January, 2010 edition of the Journal of Urban History.
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