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Cabrini College (Jolyon Pitt Girard Scholar in Residence) October 18-19, 2016. 


Mellon Foundation/Our Compelling Interests, National Press Club, Washington, DC, September 28, 2016.


Roundtable on 2016 Election, Univ. of Pennsylvania, July 2016. ON CSPAN, Sept. 10, 2016.

Toyota International Association, Toyota City, Japan, July 2016.

Keynote Address: Nanzan University American Studies 40th Anniversary Conference, July 2016 

American Academy of Political and Social Science, Induction as Walter Lippmann Fellow, May 2016.

Wayne State University, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Commencement, May 2016

The Future of the African American Past, Smithsonian Institution, May 2016.

New York Institute for the Humanities, The Black Lives Matter Effect, April 2016.

University of Notre Dame, Cushwa Center Annual Lecture, April 2016. 

University of Maryland, Rundell Memorial Lecture, April 2016.

Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Lecture, Wagner School, New York University, April 2016.

Columbia University Seminar on the City, April 2016.

Organization of American Historians, Annual Conference, April 2016.

City University of New York, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, April 2016.

Germantown Historical Society, April 2016.

Princeton University, School of Architecture, March 2016.

Institut de Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris, March 2016.

London School of Economics (LSE Cities), January 2016.

Gilder-Lehrman Institute for Teachers, Moorestown, NJ, December 2015.

Gilder-Lehrman Institute, Manhattan and Staten Island, NY, November 2015.

Keynote Lecture, City/Cité: A Transatlantic Exchange, Chicago, November 2015.

Labyrinth Books, Princeton, NJ, November 2015.

Society of U.S. Intellectual Historians Annual Conference, Washington, DC, October 2015

University of Virginia, Miller Center, "Seeing Beyond the Partisan Divide," October 2015.

Ford Foundation, Board of Directors Meeting, June 2015.

National Museum of American Jewish History, May 2015.

Yale University, Institute for Social and Policy Studies, May 2015.

Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA, February 22, 2015.





University of Paris IV--The Sorbonne, December 4, 2014.

New York University, Center for Borderland Studies, November 21, 2014.

Social Science History Association, Annual Meeting, Toronto, November 8, 2014. Presidential Address.


University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, October 24, 2014.

University of California, Los Angeles, History, October 23, 2014.

Philadelphia Theater Company, October 21, 2014.

Urban History Association Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, October 11, 2014. Presidential address.

Cornell University (Sociology), September 25, 2014.


The War on Poverty at 50: Its History and Legacy, University of Pennsylvania, September 19, 2014

Citizens' Research Council of Michigan, Keynote, Annual Meeting, September 12, 2014.

Gilder-Lehrman Summer Institute, Philadelphia, July 2014. 

Emory University, June 10, 2014.

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, June 4, 2014.

University of Heidelberg, Germany, June 3, 2014. 

The Sorbonne, Paris, May 30, 2014. Keynote address: The Right to the City in the Age of Austerity 

Washington History Seminar, Woodrow Wilson Center, DC, May 12, 2014.

University of California, Berkeley. City Planning. April 17, 2014. 

Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Atlanta, April 13. 2014.

Wayne State University, April 7, 2014. Keynote Address, Beyond Bankruptcy Conference.

Connecticut Historical Society, Annual Conference,  April 5, 2014. Keynote Address.

University of New Mexico, March 29, 2014.


Southern Methodist University, Clements Center for the Study of the American Southwest, March 1, 2014.

Detroit Policy Conference, Detroit Regional Chamber, February 27, 2014. Keynote Address. LISTEN here.

Museum of the City of New York, February 25, 2014.

New York University, Metropolitan Studies, February 13, 2014.

American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 2014.


Social Science History Association, Chicago, November 2013.


Federal Reserve of Chicago, Detroit Branch, November 2013.

Gilder-Lehrman Seminar, Moorestown, NJ, November 2013.


University of Kansas, Tuttle Lecture, October 2013.

Arcadia University, Rendell Center, October 2013.

Social Science Research Council, October 2013.

Middle Tennessee State University, Strickland Lecture, September 2013.

Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, September 2013.

Penn Institute for Urban Research, September 2013.

Gilder-Lehrman Foundation, Summer Institute, July 2013.

University of Delaware, July 2013.

Tel Aviv University, May 2013.

Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, May 2013.

Social Science Research Council, New York, April 2013.

University of Miami, February 28, 2013.

University of Pittsburgh, February 25, 2013.

George Mason University, February 12, 2013.

Brown University, February 1, 2013.

Princeton University, December 6, 2012.

Urban History Association, Biennial Meeting, October 27, 2012.

Franklin and Marshall College, October 23, 2012.

Duke University, October 12, 2012.

Marshall University, September 11, 2012.

American Association of Alternative Newsmedia, Annual Meeting, June 9, 2012.

Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, April 30, 2012.

Organization of American HIstorians Annual Meeting, April 22, 2012.

Atherton Lecture, University of Missouri, April 12, 2012.

Johns Hopkins University, History Department, April 9, 2012.

Kayser Lecture, George Washington University, March 29, 2012.

Holy Cross College, The Other America, Then and Now, March 22, 2012.

Macalester College, March 1, 2012.

Metropolitan Minds/Mt. Airy USA, Philadelphia, January 30, 2012.

Henry Ford Museum, January 16, 2012.

American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, January 7, 2012.

Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris, December 7, 2011.

Centro de Estudios Americanos, Buenos Aires, September 1, 2011.

Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, August 30, 2011.

United States Embassy, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 25, 2011.

University of Delaware/Teaching American History, July 25-29, 2011.

Freedoms Foundation/Montgomery County Community College, June 2011.

University of Paris-7-Diderot, June 2011.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, June 2011.

Scotch Plains Public Library, May 2011.

Northwestern University, Civil Rights Conference, May 2011.

Macomb Community College, April 2011.

Colorado State University, Ludlow Speaker, April 2011.

Penn Institute for Urban Research Global Cities Conference, April 2011.

Rutgers University, Catlin Lecture in Urban Affairs, Bloustein School, April 2011.

Eastern Michigan University, Keynote Speaker, Conversations on Race, April 2011.

Louisiana State University, Keynote Speaker, Graduate Student Conference, March 2011.

Washington State University, Civility and American Democracy, March 2011. LISTEN here

St. Joseph's University, Gerity Lecture, February 2011.

University of Michigan, Dearborn, February 2011.

Temple University, February 2011.

University of Virginia, Miller Center, January 2011.

Russell Sage Foundation, January 2011.

Richard M. Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, California, December 2010.

Northwestern University, November 2010.

Pomona College, Hart Lecture, November 2010.

Temple University, Jews and the City Conference, November 2010.

University System of Georgia, Keynote Speaker, Diversity Summit, October 2010.

University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, October 2010.

Temple University, American Studies, July 2010.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, July 2010.

Princeton Public Library, June 2010.

Community College of Philadelphia/Organization of American Historians, June 2010.

Macomb County Community College, April 2010.

University of Chicago, April 2010.

American Bar Foundation, April 2010.

Rutgers University-Camden, April 2010.

Princeton University, Activism in the Age of Obama," Plenary Session with Cornel West and Dennis Parker, March 2010.

University of Maryland, Provost's Conversations, March 2010.

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, March 2010.

National Constitution Center, March 2010, with Gwen Ifill, Martin Luther King, III, and Michael Lomax. Listen here.

New Detroit, March 2010.

New School for Social Research, March 2010.

American Society for Religious History conference, January 2010.

New Jersey Council for History Education December 2009.

Columbia University, Lehman Center, December 2009.

St. Joseph's University, November 2009.

American Society for Legal History, Annual Conference: Roundtable Panel on Sweet Land of Liberty, November 2009.

Southern Historical Association Conference. Louisville, November 2009.

Woodrow Wilson International Center. Roundtable on Margot Canaday, The Straight State, November 2009.

Keynote Address, History of Education Society, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, October 2009.

Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, October 2009.

Temple University: Toward a Democratic Ideal? The Problem of Racial Integration in Post World War II America. September 2009.

Universite de Paris 7-Denis Diderot, June 2009, Roundtable on Sweet Land of Liberty.

Universite Charles de Gaulle-Lille 3, Conference on Nation, Immigration, and Identity Across the Atlantic: France, Great Britain, and the United States, June 2009.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 2009.

Lawrence Stone Lectures, Princeton University, "The End of Race? Barack Obama as History," Princeton University, April 2009.

Keynote Address: The Long Civil Rights Movement, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, April 2009.

Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, March 2009.

Penn Institute for Urban Research Public Interest Series, March 2009

Keynote Address, Barnes History Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, March 2009.

Lovett Memorial Library, Philadelphia, March 2009.

University of California, Berkeley, Seminar on American Political History, February 2009

Stanford-Berkeley City Group, February 2009.

Keynote Address, Richard C. Van Dusen Forum on Urban Affairs, Wayne State University, February 2009.

University of Pennsylvania, Not Even Past: New Perspectives on American History, February 2009.

Summit Presbyterian Church/Weaver's Way, Philadelphia, January 2009.

Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia, January 2009.

Newberry Library, Chicago. December 2008, Roundtable on Sweet Land of Liberty with Adam Green, John McGreevy, Jane Dailey, Eric Arnesen, and Amanda Seligman, with response by Thomas Sugrue.

University of Pennsylvania Bookstore, December 2008.

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, November 2008.

Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA, November 2008

Shaman Drum Bookstore, Ann Arbor, November 2008.

Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge, MA, November 14, 2008.

Treasury Executive Institute, Washington, DC, November 13, 2008.

Robin's Bookstore, Philadelphia, November 2008.

Community Bookstore, Brooklyn, November 2008.

Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Miami, October 2008. Roundtable on Sweet Land of Liberty

Harvard University, Charles Warren Center, October 2008

Denison University, September 2008.

University of Delaware (Teaching American History Summer Seminar), July 2008.

The Historical Society, Annual Meeting, June 2008.

University of Notre Dame (Cushwa Center), April 2008.

Virginia Tech University (Keynote Lecture, Bertoti Graduate Conference), April 2008.

City Connect Detroit, April 2008.

Organization of American Historians, Annual Meeting, March 2008 (plenary session).

Renaissance Weekend, Santa Barbara, California, February 2008.

University of California, Santa Barbara, February 2008.

Oakland University (Phi Alpha Theta Annual Lecture), February 2008.

Michigan Region, Anti-Defamation League, January 2008

Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 2007

American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, October 2007.

Cleveland State University (Levin College of Urban Affairs), October 2007.

Columbia University (20th Century American Politics and Society Workshop), September 2007.

Cornell University (School of Architecture, Art, and Planning), September 2007.

Nanzan University, Japan (OAH-JAAS Visitor), July-August 2007.


Kitakyushu University, Japan (University Lecture), July 2007.

Yale Law School (Legal Theory Seminar), May 2007

Princeton University (Shelby Cullom Davis Center), May 2007.


Metropolitan College, New York (Urban Dialogues), May 2007.

Association for Asian-American Studies Annual Meeting, New York, April 2007.

Rethinking the Racial Politics of New Deal Citizenship, Sarah Lawrence College, April 2007.


American Planning Association Annual Meeting, April 2007.

Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, March-April 2007.

Southern Methodist University (Clements Center for Southwest Studies), Feb. 2007.


University of Baltimore (History), November 2006.

University of Michigan, Dearborn (Difficult Dialogues), October 2006.


Neighborhood Alliance for a Better Riverfront (Casino Forum), September 2006.

Miller Center Fellows Conference, University of Virginia, May 2006 (plenary and comment).

Oxford University (Rothermere American Institute), April 2006.


Michigan Civil Rights Summit, March 2006 (plenary).

Institute for Advanced Study (School of Social Science), February 2006.


Minnesota Historical Society (OAH Distinguished Lecture), January 2006.

Temple University (Institute for Public Affairs and History), January 2006.


Princeton University (History), December 2005.

University of British Columbia (Urban Studies and History), November 2005.


Simon Fraser University (Living the Global City Lecture Series), November 2005.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Annual Lecture), November 2005.


Columbia University (Institute for Research on African American Studies), October 2005.

Philadelphia Heritage Initiative (OAH Distinguished Lecture), June 2005.


Oxford University (Rothermere American Institute), May 2005

Cambridge University (History), May 2005.


Technical University of Berlin (Transatlantisches Graduiterenkolleg), May 2005.

Philadelphia Jewish Federation, January 2005.


Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, November 2004 (panel and comment)

University of Delaware (History), October 2004.


Urban History Association Biennial Meeting, October 2004 (chair and comment).

Policy History Conference, May 2004 (panelist, chair and comment).

University of Virginia, Miller Center Fellows Conference, May 2004 (comment).

Lake Forest College (History), April 2004.


Chicago Seminar on the City, Chicago Historical Society, April 2004.

University of Oklahoma (Honors College), March 2004


Harvard University (John F. Kennedy School of Government), February 2004.

Princeton University (Shelby Cullom Davis Center), February 2004.


American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 2004 (panelist and chair).

Harvard University (Charles Warren Center), December 2003.


La Salle University (Catholic Studies), October 2003.

University of Michigan (Race and American Political Development Series), Oct. 2003.

American Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, August 2003 (comment).


Fund for an Open Society, June 2003.

Keynote Address: The City and Civic Virtue Conference, Wayne State Univ., March 2003.


Detroit University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association, March 2003.

Duke University (History and Public Policy), October 2002.


Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellows Conference, October 2002 (comment).

Massachusetts Historical Society (Immigration and Urban History Seminar), September 2002.


Urban History Association Meeting, September 2002 (comment).

Pax Christi USA Annual Assembly, July 2002.


Katz Jewish Community Center, Cherry Hill, NJ, June-July 2002

New School for Social Research (Political Science), April 2002.


Atlanta Seminar in the Comparative History of Labor, Industry, Technology and Society (Emory, Georgia State, and Georgia Tech), November 2001.

Society for American City and Regional Planning History Meeting, November 2001.


Carnegie-Mellon University (Center for African American Urban Studies), October 2001.

Drexel University (Technology and Society), October 2001.


Madonna University (NEH Summer Seminar), July 2001.


Miller Center Fellows Conference, University of Virginia, May 2001 (comment)

Liberty and Equality, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, April 2001 (chair and comment).


American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 2001.

University of Michigan, Dearborn (Chancellor's Inauguration), November 2000.


Reassessing the Great Society, Miller Center, University of Virginia, November 2000.

American Studies Association Annual Meeting, October 2000.


Thomas Campbell Cleveland Seminar on the City, October 2000.

Cleveland State University (History), October 2000.


Case Western Reserve University (History), October 2000.

Democracy in America: The Promise of American Political History, MIT, September 2000.


American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 2000.

Harvard University (Afro-American Studies, NEH Summer Seminar), July 2000.


American Philosophical Society (Jefferson Day Lecture), June 2000.

University of California, San Diego (Sociology, History, Urban Studies), June 2000.


Keynote Address: Urban Studies Forum, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, April 2000.

University of Chicago (History), March 2000.


Indiana University, South Bend (History and Sociology), March 2000.


Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia, March 2000.

American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 2000.


Fairfield University (History), November 1999.

Harvard University (NEH Summer Seminar), July 1999.


Keynote Address: The Racial Economy of Postwar Urban California, Stanford University, May 1999.

Frankford Community Development Consortium, May 1999


Hamilton College (Political Science), April 1999.

Union College (History), April 1999.

York University, Toronto (History and Urban Studies), March 1999.


New York State Career Options Institute/SUNY Albany, March 1999.


Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, April 1999.

Labor and Civil Rights: Rethinking the Connections, Penn Law School, March 1999.


Regionalism: Promise and Problems, SUNY Buffalo Law School, March 1999.

Jews and the Urban Experience, Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, Wayne State University, March 1999.


Healing History: The Story of Racial Integration in Mount Airy, Pennsylvania Humanities Council/West Mount Airy Neighbors, March 1999.

Keynote Address: League of Women Voters, Pennsylvania: Welfare Reform and Self- Sufficiency: Strategies for 1999 and Beyond, March 1999.


University of Michigan (History), January 1999.

College of William and Mary (American Studies), December 1998.


Southeast Michigan Community Foundation, November 1998.

Apple Books, Detroit, November 1998.


Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, November 1998.

Race and Liberalism in the Postwar North, Smithsonian Institution (African American History) and Operation Rainbow/PUSH, Chicago, October 1998.


Keynote Address: Delaware Valley Grantmakers Annual Meeting, October 1998.

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, September 1998.


American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, August 1998.


Brookings Institution (Center for Urban and Metropolitan Affairs), July 1998.

Harvard Club, New York, July 1998.


Detroit Free Press, July 1998.

Sedgwick Theatre, Philadelphia, May 1998.


Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, April 1998.

Rutgers University, New Brunswick (Political Science), April 1998.


University of Washington, Seattle (History and Labor Studies), March 1998.

Boston University (Center for the Study of Race and Social Division), March 1998.


New York University (History), March 1998.

University of Detroit-Mercy (University Lecture), February 1998.


Congregation T'Chiyah, Detroit, February 1998.

American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, January 1998.


Franklin and Marshall College (American Studies), November 1997.

National Community Reinvestment Council. Washington, DC. September 1997.

College of New Jersey (History), October 1997.

Crown Books, Princeton, June 1997.


U.S. Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division), April 1997.

Borders Books, Dearborn, Utica, Flint, Michigan, March 1997.


Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1997.

William Penn Foundation Colloquium on Reexamining Community Development: The New Economic and Policy Realities, January 1997.


University of Virginia (History), January 1997

Penn National Commission on Society, Culture, and Community, December 1996


Harvard University (Amer. Political Development Seminar/Taubman Center), November 1996

University of Delaware (Seminar on Technology, Society, and Culture), November 1996.


Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, October 1996.

North American Labor History Conference, October 1996.


Princeton University, Conference on American Conservatism from Redemption through Reaganism, May 1996 (chair and comment).

Columbia University (Seminar on Twentieth-Century Politics and Society), April 1996.


City University of New York (Center for the Humanities), April 1996.

Hospital Graduates Society of New York, April 1996.


University of Iowa (Consortium on Recent United States History), April 1996.

Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays, March 1996.


Annenberg Theatre, Philadelphia, November 1995.

Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, November 1995 (comment).


Trinity College, Hartford (Urban Affairs Forum), October 1995.

Twentieth-Century Fund (Working Group on the Future of Liberalism), July 1995.


Pennsylvania State University (Labor History Seminar), February 1995.

Penn Club of New York, February 1995.


North American Labor History Conference, October 1994 (comment).

German Historical Institute Conference on Race and Ethnicity, September 1994.

Politics and Culture in Cold War America, Penn, March 1994 (organizer and panelist).

American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 1994.

Social Science Research Council, Persistent Urban Poverty Policy Conference, November 1993 (with Michael B. Katz).

University of Wisconsin/Wisconsin Historical Society, Toward a History of the 1960s Conference, April 1993.

UNESCO International Social Science Council, 4th Comparative Research on Poverty Conference, Paris, April 1993.

North American Labor History Conference, October 1992

American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, September 1992.

SSRC Conference on the Urban Underclass: Perspectives from the Social Sciences, Ann Arbor, June 1992.

Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, April 1992.

Society of the Friends of Richard More, March 1992.


Columbia University (Seminar on the City), February 1992.

American Historical Association Annual Meeting, December 1991.

Chicago Historical Society (Urban History Seminar), November 1991.
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