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Place, Race, and Story

Ned Kaufman, Ph.D.

Extraordinary Prizes in Ordinary Places: How Preserving Everyday Things Can Save People and the Planet. Join us for this free public lecture by Dr. Ned Kaufman about rethinking the economics of heritage and historic preservation as a tool for achieving social justice. His talk will also explore how the field is forging new interdisciplinary alliances with public history, folklore, community planning and tourism promotion. A light reception will follow the lecture.  Dr. Ned Kaufman is principal of Kaufman Heritage Conservation and Adjunct Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University. Previously, Dr. Kaufman served as director of historic preservation at the Municipal Art Society of New York, where he led campaigns to protect the African Burial Ground, Aubudon Ballroom, Ellis and Governors Islands, and other historic sites. He also founded and co-directed Place Matters as well as the international research and training program at Rafael Viñoly Architects. His books include Place, Race, and Story: Essays in the Past and Future of Historic Preservation (2009) and Pressures and Distortions: City Dwellers as Builders and Critics (2011), as well as histories of Sagamore Hill and Springfield Armory National Historic Sites. He has advised the National Trust on sustainability policy and is a U.S. voting member on the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Intangible Heritage.  Program Co-Sponsors, USC School of Architecture/Heritage, Conservation Programs, USC History Department and Elizabeth Edwards Harris, PhD.

8179637Place, Race, and Story: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation by Ned Kaufman

In Place, Race, and Story, author Ned Kaufman has collected his own essays dedicated to the proposition of giving the next generation of preservationists not only a foundational knowledge of the field of study, but more ideas on where they can take it. Through both big-picture essays considering preservation across time, and descriptions of work on specific sites, the essays in this collection trace the themes of place, race, and story in ways that raise questions, stimulate discussion, and offer a different perspective on these common ideas.

Including unpublished essays as well as established works by the author, Place, Race, and Story provides a new outline for a progressive preservation movement the revitalized movement for social progress.

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