Examining Urban Poverty Today

Professor Czitrom will be featured on a panel at the Museum of the City of New York on the photography and journalism of Jacob Riis.

Examining Urban Poverty Today, a Century after Riis

Join us for a panel exploring the legacy of Jacob Riis' journalism and photography circa 1900 for the work of journalists, historians, and community leaders today committed to raising public consciousness about urban poverty. Riis' pioneering work photographing and reporting how New York's impoverished, immigrant "other half" lived is arguably more relevant than ever in today's second Gilded Age, marked by extreme income inequality and a severe shortage of decent, affordable housing. What have we learned from Riis about how historians and journalist can illuminate the "urban agenda" effectively and accurately? Historian and Riis expert Daniel Czitrom leads a discussion with New York Times journalist Andrea ElliottMark Levitan, former Director of Poverty Research at the Center for Economic Opportunity; Nancy Wackstein, Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses; and historian Craig Steven Wilder.

This program accompanies our exhibitions Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy and Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half.

Public programming for Jacob A. Riis: New York's Other Half Revealed is made possible by the Danish Agency for Culture and the Consulate General of Denmark in New York

This event is also part of the Museum's Activist New York program series, made possible by the Puffin Foundation 

For more information, and to register for the event, please visit: http://www.mcny.org/event/examining-urban-poverty-today-century-after-riis