Our 3-part lecture series: Garbage and the City — Two Centuries of Dirt, Debris and Disposal

Explore the history of New York’s urban development and uncover crucial public health flashpoints, from battles over pigs to the politics of pollution.

All events are free to the public, but advance registration is required.


July 1 – “Hog Wash, Swill Milk, & the Politics of Waste Recycling in Antebellum Manhattan,” Catherine McNeur

August 3 – “Noxious New York: Race, Class and Garbage,” Julie Sze

August 17 – “Life Along the Curb: Inside the Department of Sanitation of New York,” Robin Nagle

The “Garbage and the City” series is presented in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York and ARCHIVE GLOBAL and is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.