At a time when the Green New Deal is in the headlines and on the table, we aim to reacquaint our fellow New Yorkers with the original New Deal. How did a group of visionary reformers transform the city during that exceptional ten-year period? What can today’s change-makers learn from their achievements? On May 7, a distinguished panel will address these questions and more. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Phoebe Roosevelt, great-granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
Kevin Baker, historian, journalist, novelist, and political commentator
Gray Brechin, retired geography professor at University of California-Berkeley and co-founder of the Living New Deal
Marta Gutman, architectural and urban historian, professor at the City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture and CUNY Graduate Center, and an expert on New Deal-era public works in the city
Steven Attewell, author of People Must Live by Work: Direct Job Creation in America, from FDR to Reagan,who teaches public policy at CUNY’s School for Labor and Urban Studies