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Disconnected River: A Public Humanities Walk of the Harlem River

Public Humanities, Explorations in the Public Humanities

dateAugust 10, 2020 timeMonday, 6:00pm EDT locationVirtual Event
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.

Originally scheduled as an in-person walk to explore the history of the Harlem River and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this Digital Harlem River Walk has been rescheduled to take place over Zoom at 6pm on Monday, August 10th. With a discussion led by Scot McFarlane, this walk will feature the photography of Nathan Kensinger and Duane Bailey-Castro.

The Harlem River has been shaped by tide patterns and climate change, and like the Hudson River it contains a legacy of toxic pollution. Despite the fact that the Harlem River is a man-made river–New York City engineers rerouted its channel–most people who live along the river have no access to the waterfront. This digital walk, free and open to the public, will spatially explore the ways people have been disconnected from the river and the role river history can play in rebuilding the connections between people and their river. By taking an interdisciplinary approach, with speakers experienced in urban planning, climate change, photography, and community activism, we will come away with an inclusive and compelling history of the Harlem River. This event is sponsored by the Columbia University SOF/Heyman's Public Humanities Initiative. Click here to register for this event.

This event will be recorded. By being electronically present, you consent to the SOF/Heyman making the video publically available.