Cambridge Historical Society - 2019 Opening Conversation

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Join us for our 2019 Opening Conversation & Annual Meeting where we launch this year’s theme: How Does Cambridge Engage?

A conversation between Dr. Karilyn Crockett, MIT lecturer in Public Policy and Urban Planning, and Diana Lempel, the Society’s Doing History Curator. 


Help us launch this year’s theme HOW DOES CAMBRIDGE ENGAGE?

"The Ground We Walk: Unearthing the Stories That Must Be Told"

What does this story of everyday people in Cambridge and Boston, who took collective action to stop top-down highway projects, and envision a different future for themselves have to teach us today? What collective memory of this time lives on, and where does it live?

Speaker - Dr. Karilyn Crockett, MIT Lecturer, Public Policy & Urban Planning.

Dr. Karilyn Crockett’s research focuses on large-scale land use changes in twentieth-century American cities and examines the social and geographic implications of structural poverty. Karilyn’s new book "People before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, and a New Movement for City-Making" (UMASS Press 2018) investigates a 1960s era grassroots movement to halt the urban extension of the U.S. interstate highway system and the geographic and political changes in Boston that resulted.

Karilyn was the co-founder of Multicultural Youth Tour of What's Now (MYTOWN), an award-winning, Boston-based, educational non-profit organization. MYTOWN hired public high school students to research their local and family histories to produce youth-led walking tours for sale to public audiences. During its nearly 15 years of operation, MYTOWN created jobs for more than 300 low and moderate-income teenagers, who in turn led public walking tours for more than 14,000 visitors and residents. In a White House ceremony, the National Endowment for the Humanities cited MYTOWN as “One often best Youth Humanities Programs in America.”

Karilyn holds a Ph.D. from the American Studies program at Yale University, a Master of Science in Geography from the London School of Economics, and a Master of Arts and Religion from Yale Divinity School. Karilyn recently concluded four years of service with the Mayor's Office of Economic Development as the Director of Economic Policy & Research and the Director of Small Business Development for the City of Boston. She is currently a Lecturer in Public Policy & Planning at MIT's Department of Urban Studies & Planning. Karilyn’s career mission is to continue to work at the nexus of education, economic development, and urban revitalization.

Moderator - Diana Lempel, Doing History Curator, Cambridge Historical Society; Co-Founder Practice Space

Diana Lempel is an interviewer, facilitator, historian, and writer. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Harvard. She is the co-founder and co-principal of Practice Space, a storefront studio for art, design, and research in Cambridge, MA; and Doing History Curator at the Cambridge Historical Society. She lives in Cambridge and spends time in northern California, where she grew up.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, • 6-8: 00 pm

Cambridge Public Library Main Branch

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Cambridge Historical Society
Cambridge Public Library
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Cambridge, MA 02138