May 12: Thomas Sugrue on “Bankrupt: Detroit and the Future of Urban America”

Detroit is the largest American municipality to have declared bankruptcy. Leading urban historian Thomas Sugrue examines the roots of the city’s fiscal crisis, its implications for urban finance, pensions, and the future of American cities, and examines the opportunities and obstacles that Detroit faces in its efforts to restructure its local government, redevelop its downtown and neighborhoods, and reorganize its troubled economy.

Thomas J. Sugrue is David Boies Professor of History and Sociology and Director of the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum at the University of Pennsylvania. His books include, The Origins of the Urban Crisis, which won the Bancroft Prize and several other awards; Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; and Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race. He is author of dozens of articles and essays in both scholarly and popular publications, including the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and the London Review of Books. Sugrue is currently president of the Urban History Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Monday May 12, 2014

4:00 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center. It meets weekly during the academic year. See for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as webcasts and podcasts. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for its support. Reservations requested because of limited seating: