Odyssey: An illustrated cultural history of NYC, Part II

Skyscraper City, from the World's Fair to the World Trade Center

We begin with the skyscraper wars of the 1920s, culminating in the Empire State Building project, completed on the eve of the Crash of '29. We trace NYC's responses to the Great Depression, from private projects like Rockefeller Center, to public endeavors ranging from WPA murals and Federal Theater Project productions, to the infrastructure created by NYC's "Master Builder" and "Power Broker" Robert Moses. We move from the "World of Tomorrow" of the 1939 World's Fair, through the heady post-war 40s and 50s, when NYC replaced Paris as the cultural capital of the world, to the "Bronx is Burning" nadir of the 1970s and the catastrophe of 9/11, to the city's current resurgence.

910.738.01 Homewood Campus Tuesday, Nov. 11 to Dec. 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 5 sessions Cost: $165

JHU full-time faculty or staff members pay 20%, with 80% tuition remission. Spouse/same-sex domestic partners pay 50%. Please note that you will be unable to register online and receive the discount.

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