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Mon 02.13.2017

Oculus Book Talk: When Ivory Towers Were Black: A Story about Race in America's Cities and Universities

AIA CES: 1.5 LUs

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Where: At The Center   

Please join us at the Center for Architecture for a discussion of the book When Ivory Towers Were Black: A Story about Race in America’s Cities and Universities by Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA.

When Ivory Towers Were Black: A Story about Race in America’s Cities and Universities traces the efforts to open Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation to ethnic minority students in the late 1960s and '70s.  This initiative was spearheaded by the school's Division of Planning and the university-wide, Ford Foundation-funded Urban Center and was not always in line with the university as a whole. The book looks at the forces that allow for and impede institutional transformation and presents a story about diversity both in higher education and in the profession that is still relevant today.

When Ivory Towers Were Black contains the oral histories of 24 Columbia alumni, the author included, who received scholarships to attend the university during this era, and presents their experiences both while attending school and after graduation.

Speaker
:
Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA, Professor Emerita of Architecture and Design, University of Washington

Moderator:
Carol Lowenson, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Mitchell | Giurgola Architects

Organized by: AIANY Oculus Committee
 
Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid ID, $10 for non-members

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About Oculus Book Talks:
 
Each month, the AIANY Oculus Committee presents a Book Talk at the Center for Architecture. Each Oculus Book Talk highlights a recent publication on architecture, design, or the built environment — presented by the author. The Book Talks are a forum for dialogue and discussion, and copies of the publications are available for sale and signing.
 
Upcoming Book Talks
Tuesday, March 7, 6-8pm
Thursday, April 13, 6-8pm

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