Edwin G. Burrows to Deliver 11th Annual Leo Srole Lecture
January 31, 2000 Geneva, NY – Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edwin G. Burrows will visit the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus to deliver the annual Urban Studies Leo Srole Lecture at 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, in the Geneva Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Burrows is the author Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (with Mike Wallace, professor of history at John Jay College of Criminal Justice).
Burrows, who received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in History, will deliver an address titled “Constructing Gotham.” The event is free and the public is invited.
Gotham, published in 1999 by Oxford University, runs 1,383 pages, going from the earliest Indian tribes to the consolidation of the present city in 1898. It took the two men nearly 20 years to complete. “It's about everything,” said Burrows. “It's about politics, society, sex, violence, and sewers — you name it, it's in there.”
Burrows, professor of history at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, received the B.A. from the University of Michigan and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of another book, Albert Gallatin and the Political Economy of Republicanism, 1761-1800, and has contributed to numerous other publications.
Burrows will deliver the 11th Leo Srole lecture.The lecture series was developed in honor of Leo Srole, who taught at the Colleges between 1941 and 1942, before enlisting in the Army. After the war he moved to Columbia University, where he attained international recognition for his pioneering studies of the mental health of cities. Srole died in 1993 at the age of 85.
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