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Munroe Center for Social Inquiry
Suleiman Osman

Suleiman Osman
George Washington University

"Searching for the Authentic City:
Gentrification in the United States & Europe

Tuesday, April 30
4:15 p.m.
Benson Auditorium, Avery Hall
Pitzer College

Suleiman Osman specializes in US urban history, the built environment, and the study of race and ethnicity. His book, Inventing Brownstone Brooklyn: Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity, explores the relationship between New York’s physical and symbolic cityscapes. Tracing the efforts of a new middle class to reinhabit and restore aging Victorian neighborhoods, Osman examines how Brooklyn’s declining commercial and industrial landscapes were recast as postindustrial sites of anti-bureaucratic authenticity. He is now pursuing a broader project that looks at 1970s urban politics and culture. His essay, “The Decade of the Neighborhood,” in Julian Zelizer and Bruce Schulman’s Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s, offers an analysis of the “neighborhood movement” and traces the widespread and eclectic revolts against urban growth politics in New York, Boston, and other cities in the ’70s. He is a professor in the department of American Studies at George Washington University.

MCSI's spring public event series examines THE CITY: Issues of Sustainability, Social Stratification, Democratic Public Spheres, Privatization, Cosmopolitanism and the Arts.

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