Joseph Heathcott, a writer, artist, and educator who teaches at The New School for Social Research, will give a public lecture titled “A Tale of Two Projects: Race, Neighborhood, & Design in the Twentieth-Century City” on Friday, Sept. 23, at 4:00 p.m., in 704 Jefferson Building.
The talk will explore the fate of two neighborhoods in St. Louis: the racially segregated Pruitt-Igoe, built in 1954, and another government-backed project, LaClede Town, built in 1968, which opened to widespread acclaim. LaClede was designed to be everything that Pruitt-Igoe was not: low-scale, mixed residential-commercial, and racially integrated. However, after only twenty years, it suffered much the same fate as Pruitt-Igoe: deterioration and demolition. What happened in St. Louis? Meditating on Pruitt-Igoe and LaClede Town, Heathcott argues, brings us to the heart of the story of race and neighborhood in America.
This event is sponsored by the Obermann Center's Comparative Ethnic Studies Working Group, Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry, and the Department of American Studies.