The HWS Urban Studies Program welcomes photographer Ira Srole to campus for the annual Leo Srole Lecture (named for Ira’s father) on Thursday, April 17.
Ira Srole’s lecture, “A City Photographer Looks Back and Ahead,” will focus on his years as the official photographer for the City of Rochester, a position he has held since 1979.
“During a period during which Rochester, like so many Northeastern cities, experienced not a few massive challenges and changes, Ira Srole has documented those upheavals-the collapse of industry and the incredible move by people with money from the city to the suburbs,” says James Spates, professor of sociology.
The lectureship is the flagship event for the Urban Studies Program, named for the eminent urbanist Leo Srole, who graduated from Harvard University in 1933 and received his Ph.D. from University of Chicago in 1940. The internationally known scholar taught in the HWS Department of Anthropology and Sociology before World War II, and is remembered as one of the Colleges’ most distinguished faculty of the past century. The lecture series established in his honor is charged with bringing groundbreaking urban thinkers to the HWS campus to explore the issues and concerns to which Srole dedicated his life.
“When the lectureship began, we wanted to name it after someone who was instrumental in the education about cities at HWS,” Spates says. “Leo Srole wasn’t here long but remembered well his time in Geneva and went on to become one of most noted urban social psychologists of the century.”
The 2014 Srole Lecture will be held in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library at 7:30 p.m.