The Divided City Initiative Lecture: Joseph Heathcott

November 12, 2015
McDonnell Hall, Rm. 162

Joseph Heathcott, an associate professor teaching in the Schools for Public Engagement and the Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York, will deliver a lecture titled More Menacing than Fire and the Elements: Race, Neighborhood, and Planning in Twentieth Century St. Louis. His talk is part of a grant awarded to assistant professor Catalina Freixas and Mark Abbott (Harris-Stowe State University) through The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative, launched by the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences and the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design with support from the Mellon Foundation.

At The New School, Heathcott has served as chair of urban studies, faculty chair of civic engagement, and associate dean for academic initiatives. In 2010-2011, he was the U.S. Fulbright Distinguished Chair for the United Kingdom and senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics. In 2016 he will be the Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Architecture and the Humanities at Princeton University.

Heathcott's work has appeared in books, journals, magazines, exhibits, juried art shows, and radio broadcasts. He is co-editor of Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization (Cornell 2003) and co-author of a book forthcoming from the Missouri Historical Society titled Capturing the City: Photographs from the Streets of St. Louis, 1900-1930. His research on public housing led to the Vertical City exhibit at MIT, the documentary film The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, and a forthcoming book from University of Chicago Press. With a background in community organizing, he frequently devotes time to grassroots organizations around issues of housing, tenants rights, historic preservation, and redevelopment. He has served on the boards of directors of the Center for Urban Pedagogy and the Urban History Association, and on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Planning Association. He is currently the president of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History.