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Examining Urban Poverty Today, A Century After Riis

  • Museum of City of New York 1220 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10029 United States (map)

Join the Museum of the City of New York for a panel exploring the legacy of Jacob Riis' journalism and photography circa 1900 for the work of journalists, historians, and community leaders today committed to raising public consciousness about urban poverty. Riis' pioneering work photographing and reporting how New York's impoverished, immigrant "other half" lived is arguably more relevant than ever in today's second Gilded Age, marked by extreme income inequality and a severe shortage of decent, affordable housing. What have we learned from Riis about how historians and journalist can illuminate the "urban agenda" effectively and accurately? Historian and Riis expert Daniel Czitrom leads a discussion with New York Times journalist Andrea ElliottMark Levitan, former Director of Poverty Research at the Center for Economic Opportunity; Nancy Wackstein, Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses; and historian Craig Steven Wilder.

The exhibition, Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York's Other Half, is curated by faculty member Bonnie Yochelson and will be on view until March 20, 2016.

Register for the event here. Use the code RENT for $10 tickets.