For anyone interested in Pittsburgh's post-industrial transformation -- in Rust Belt transformation in general -- the University Center for Social and Urban Research is holding a brown-bag seminar on the topic Friday.
Titled "Social, SPatial and Economic Transformations in Deindustrializing Cities" the discussion is from noon to 1.15p in the first floor conference room at 3343 Forbes Ave. in Oakland.
UCSUR sends us this information:
Tracy Neumann, an assistant professor of history at Wayne State University in Detroit, will discuss urban redevelopment in Pittsburgh and Hamilton, Ontario, as a model of the transition from industrial to post-industrial cities in advanced capitalist countries after World War II. She will discuss the mutual relationship between post-industrial place-making and neoliberal urbanism. Her talk will also focus on the structure of public-private partnerships, the marginalization of blue-collar workers in civic life, and the physical redevelopment of Pittsburgh.
Her research explores 20th century U.S. social and political history, comparative urban history, policy history, and transnational and global approaches to U.S. history. She is currently completing a book about the post-industrial transformation of North American cities and the emergence of neoliberal urbanism in the late twentieth century.