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Conversations With Alex Krieger: Maintaining Idealism Even During Times of Crisis (5:30)

Monday, November 8, 2021, 5:30 PM
Virtual; Registrants will receive the Zoom link prior to event date.

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Beacon Hill Village PRESENTS "Conversations With ALEX KRIEGER" Monday, NOVEMBER 8 at 5:30 PM.

“Throughout American history, a reconfiguring of society following a crisis often catapulted the nation forward. Shouldn’t today’s interrelated crises do so as well?”

Alex Krieger (Cornell ’74), a Research Professor in Practice of Urban Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, will share his research on historical exhibits of idealism and optimism in American society with a focus on our contemporary moment and how a recommitment to optimism can help us move together towards a more equitable and secure future. Alex’s talk will be followed by a Q&A session. 

At Harvard, Alex studies forms of settlement, considering what aspirations and desires shape our towns, cities and urban regions. His work highlights the efforts, cultural trends, and beliefs about what makes a good neighborhood, a better town, or a more humane city, and considers some longer consequences of proceeding to build such places. He is the author of City on a Hill: Urban Idealism in America from the Puritans to the Present (2019).

For a short introduction to his work, see his recent article on optimism during the current moment of crisis HERE. The 33-minute film Land for a City on a Hill: Alex Krieger’s iconic tour of Boston, a wonderful visual survey of the Boston waterfront, is available to watch for free HERE.

This virtual program is presented with support from Cambridge Trust as part of Beacon Hill Village’s Conversations With… series. Registration required online in advance here or by calling Beacon Hill Village at 617-723-9713. Registrants will receive the Zoom invitation information in advance of the program. Free and open to the public.