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Schmidt to Speak at Wheatherhead. Harvard

HTC PhD Candidate Sebastian Schmidt will deliver a paper, Global History of Global Cities, as part of the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History Seminar Series, on October 31, 2016, from 4 to 6pm, in the Lower Level Library of Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Ma.  Event commentators are Eve Blau, Adjunct Professor of the History and Theory of Urban Form and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Jacob Andbinder, PhD Candidate in History, Harvard University.

The paper is part of a larger project studying the relationship between WWII and cities. Specifically, I look at the ways in which urban thinking changed in response to the global scale of the war, and develop an approach of writing post-WWII urban history as global history. This paper uses the case of West Berlin to address these issues.  Before the paper discussion, Ihe will give a brief introduction explaining some of the historiographical stakes of the project.

In addition to pursuing a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Schmidt is currently a Weatherhead Initiative on Global History Fellow.