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2021 James Q. Wilson Lecture: Cities at the Crossroads

Edward L. Glaeser Harvard University
Wed, Oct 20, 2021 New York, N.Y.

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2021 James Q. Wilson Lecture: Cities at the Crossroads

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2021 James Q. Wilson Lecture: Cities at the Crossroads

Edward L. Glaeser Harvard University New York, N.Y. 06:00pm—07:30pm
Wednesday October 20
Wednesday October 20 2021
PAST EVENT Wednesday October 20 2021

Video of the remarks will be available shortly on our YouTube channel.

Cities are at a crossroads. The rise of remote work has made it easier than ever to leave the city. Urban crime rates are a growing worry. Within cities, insiders continue to prosper at the expense of outsiders in areas such as housing and schooling. Urban life will surely survive in some form, but cities need to start competing like their futures depend on it.  

Edward Glaeser’s newest book,  Survival of the City—coauthored with Harvard’s David Cutler—takes direct aim at today’s urban challenges. And in this year’s James Q. Wilson Lecture, Prof. Glaeser will show what it takes for cities to survive and thrive in the 21st Century. 

Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a contributing editor of City Journal. He has also served as director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and as director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. His work has focused on the determinants of urban growth and on the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. 

Sponsored, with admiration, by a former student of James Q. Wilson. 

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Wilson Lectures

For 15 years, James Q. Wilson, who passed away in March 2012, delivered an enormously popular annual lecture for the Manhattan Institute. The impressive variety of his topics—the criminal-justice system, the roots of terrorism, the role of the media in shaping public opinion, and the nature of democracy, to name just a few—reflected his wide-ranging intellect, and the size of the audiences that attended testified to a long and admiring relationship between Professor Wilson and the Manhattan Institute.

Wilson, a former professor at Harvard University and UCLA, wrote many books, among them The Moral Sense and The Marriage Problem. His public service included the chairmanship of the White House Task Force on Crime in 1966 and the National Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse Prevention from 1972 to 1973. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Wilson received the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in July 2003.

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