Epic Histories with Mike Wallace and Nell Irvin Painter
Where: Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave.
212-534-1672 Price: $20 for adults, $15 for students, educators, & seniors, $10 for Museum Members
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Join two renowned American historians for a conversation about the challenges of writing epic narrative histories. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Mike Wallace, author of Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 — his long-awaited sequel to Gotham — sits down with fellow distinguished historian Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People. The two scholars will discuss the relationship between Wallace’s work on New York City history and Painter’s on Southern history.
Book signing and reception to follow.
About the Speakers:
Nell Irvin Painter is the Edwards Professor Emeritus of American History at Princeton University specializing in Southern history. Her most recent book, The History of White People (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), explores the idea of whiteness, beginning in ancient Greece and continuing through 2,000 years of Western civilization. Painter formerly served as the president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH).
Mike Wallace is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and co-author with Edwin G. Burrows of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (Oxford University Press, 1998). He is the founder of the Gotham Center for New York City History at the CUNY Graduate School. In addition to teaching history to police officers and others at John Jay since 1971, Wallace has also worked with museums, filmmakers, radio producers, and novelists to make historical scholarship accessible to non-specialists. His new book, Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919, was released by Oxford University Press on September 4, 2017.Buy tickets/get more info now