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Historian Mike Wallace discusses “Greater Gotham” at CWE

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Historian Mike Wallace returns to The City College of New York’s Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education on Feb. 7 to discuss his new book “Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919.” His talk begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

In “Greater Gotham,” Wallace, a Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, specializing in the history of New York City, picks up where he left off in his 1,400-page Pulitzer Prize-winning tome “Gotham.” 

“Wallace has written another amazing synthesis based on thousands of sources,” said CWE Dean Juan Carlos Mercado. “The writing is of great quality and provides a voluminous wealth of information presented in a way that is easy to keep up with the story.”

Wallace first visited CWE back in 2009 to discuss Gotham as part of the Center’s Book Talk Lecture Series. He impressed students, faculty, staff and guests with his talk on New York City history up to 1898. “It was only appropriate to have him back for the sequel, which addresses New York City history from 1898 through the First  World War,” said Mercado.  

Beginning with the consolidation of the five boroughs and ending just after WW1, this long-awaited sequel surveys two decisive decades that saw the city’s physical and population grow into the world’s second-largest metropolis and a center of global finance. “Greater Gotham” covers every aspect of the city, from politics to the subway system, to the aqueducts, and a host of other areas.

Wallace’s one-hour lecture in the CWE auditorium, located at 25 Broadway (7th floor) in lower Manhattan, will be followed by a brief Q & A.  A photo ID is required to enter the building. Click here for more information on the talk.

About CWE
The Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (CWE) is a division of The City College of New York.  Founded in 1981, it has become one of the leading working adult educational institutions in New York City committed to a population that would be otherwise underserved at the college level. Its courses, educational programs, and its student advising model are specifically designed for students whose access to higher education may have been limited or interrupted due to financial limitations, work responsibilities, and family obligations. CWE offers a BA degree in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences with a number of special concentrations, a BS degree in Early Childhood Education, an MA in the Study of the Americas, as well as a BA/MA dual degree in the Study of the Americas. CWE attracts over 600 working students per semester and reflects the multi-ethnic composition of New York City and its workers.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Today The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks CCNY #2 among public colleges with the greatest success in ensuring the social mobility of our student body; at the same time the Center for world University Rankings places it in the top 1.2% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself.  View CCNY Media Kit.




Jay Mwamba
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