Author Edward Glaeser, the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University, will give a lecture titled “Triumph of the City,” on Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the chapel. The lecture, based on his 2011 book of the same name, is free and open to the public.
Glaeser is director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and director of the Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston. He teaches urban and social economics and microeconomic theory. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission.
The publisher calls Triumph of the City, “A compellingly readable, agenda-setting account of how and why cities function as they do and why so many of us choose to live in them. In 2009, for the first time in history, more than half the world's population lived in cities. In a time when family, friends and co-workers are a call, text or email away, 3.3 billion people on this planet still choose to crowd together in skyscrapers, high-rises, subways and buses.
“Not too long ago, it looked like our cities were dying, but in fact they boldly threw themselves into the information age, adapting and evolving to become the gateways to a globalized and interconnected world. Now more than ever, the well-being of human society depends upon our knowledge of how the city lives and breathes.”
Glaeser is also a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1992.