Community Documentary Film Series: Citizen Jane | Interdisciplinary Programs
Feb 26, 2018
7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative
Community Documentary Film Series: "Citizen Jane"
Films are free and open to the public
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
101 Founder's Way, Bethlehem
In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions. Directed by Matt Tyrnauer (2017), 1 hour 32 minutes.
Seth Moglen, Lehigh Associate Professor of English
Karen Beck Pooley, Lehigh Professor of Practice, Political Science and Director of Environmental Policy Program
Alicia Karner, the director of the Dept of Community and Ecomomic Development for the City of Bethlehem
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