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Rochester and the Mid-Sized American City in the 21st Century: A Conference and Conversation In-Person

For more information and to register visit roccitylibrary.org/rochester-and-the-mid-sized-american-city-in-the-21st-century/.

Rochester, NY, often has been at the center of conversations about the distinctive character of mid-sized cities in the United States. In 2002, Rochester Mayor William A. Johnson, Jr. convened the “Rochester Conversation on Mid-Sized Cities” to bring together “mayors, academics, urban policy experts, writers and others” for an examination of the challenges facing urban centers that occupy the poorly understood middle ground between towns and metropolises. Such “Rochester conversations” have an even deeper history: In 1939, Rochester City Historian Blake McKelvey launched the Rochester History journal in partnership with the Rochester Public Library. Neither boosterish nor antiquarian, Rochester History offered a new model of urban history that allowed Rochesterians to reflect on their city’s present and future by more rigorously examining its past.

This 2023 conference reopens the “Rochester Conversation” on mid-sized cities that Johnson inaugurated two decades ago and marks a re-envisioning of Rochester History in partnership with the RIT Press. In both cases, we hope to use this moment to inspire new conversations about the meaning of America’s mid-sized cities now and in the future.

Friday, April 21, 2023
9:30am - 6:45pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Central - Kate Gleason Auditorium
Central Library
  Department - Local History & Genealogy     History     Streamed Event     Subject - Lecture     Subject - Local History     Subject - Other (Miscellaneous)  


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