Book Talk with Eric Avila
The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014
11:00AM-12:00PM | McCosh Hall, Room 62
When the interstate highway program connected America’s cities, it also divided them, cutting through and devastating countless communities — many of them minority urban neighborhoods lacking the political and economic power to resist the construction. Within the context of the 1960s and 1970s, Eric Avila's The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City maps the creative strategies devised by urban communities to document and protest the damage that highways wrought.
Join Professor Alison Isenberg (History) for a dynamic discussion with Professor Eric Avila (UCLA, History) author of Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles (California, 2004) and The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City (Minnesota, 2014). Professor Avila will discuss his on-going research and writing process.
Sponsored by the Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities.