Title: Cleveland: The Evolution of a City
Books, blogs, and websites relating to Cleveland’s history seem to be increasing every day. Many are focused on topics that have wide appeal because they are already embedded in the public consciousness or link to popular memory. Millionaires Row, the triumphs and fiascos of local sports teams, and the multiple heritages that make up our cosmopolitan region are good topics and enjoy a good market. They certainly are not unimportant historically, but all too often their deeper complexities are overlooked.
This four-session course is designed to provide an overview of Cleveland’s history that places many of its iconic moments, places, and people into a broader and more complex context, a context that is revealed in professional scholarship relating to Cleveland. Here too, the number of works by both local and national scholars is increasing and serve as an important complement to the “usual” history of our community. New books by Mark Souther, Todd Michney, Jonathan Wlasiuk, and Nishani Frazier provide important new perspectives on issues ranging from race and urban decline to suburbanization and nineteenth century environmental degradation. This course will introduce you to them and to a city with a history that has consequence well beyond its boundaries and our shared memories.
Note: Readings for this course are suggested but not required. This course will not involve any written assignments.
Schedule: Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25
Time: 12:00-1:30pm (a brief break will be included)
Instructor: John Grabowski, PhD, WRHS Senior Vice President of Research & Publications and Krieger Mueller Historian
Course Registration | $60
WRHS Member Registration | $50
How to Register:
To register, please see below. This course will be held through the Zoom platform. When you register, we will email you a link that will allow you to join the course, as well as all necessary login information and instructions.