The Office of the Provost invites you to the Trachtenberg Teaching Award Distinguished Lecture for a presentation from the 2016 winner Professor Christopher Klemek. The lecture is titled, "Urban Past, Public Present, and Digital Future: Teaching Civic Engagement through DC History." A reception will follow the lecture at 5 p.m. Please reserve your seat as space is limited.
Christopher Klemek, Associate Professor of History
Christopher Klemek's courses encompass broad, comparative surveys of urban history, as well as focused classes on specific cities, and have been recognized with two university-wide awards for excellence in teaching. His research traces the political and intellectual shifts affecting urban policy and city life, and he received multiple prizes for his first book,The Transatlantic Collapse of Urban Renewal: Postwar Urbanism from New York to Berlin. In it he compares the fate of older industrial cities in Europe and North America, including Berlin, London, Toronto, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. His newest work, comparing Washington and Paris, appears in Capital Dilemma. His other publications have appeared in Dissent, Daedalus, and the journals of many scholarly organizations such as the Urban History Association, the American Planning Association, and the Society of Architectural Historians, among others. Klemek has been named a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Schwartz Fellow at the New-York Historical Society. He co-curated the 2007 New York Municipal Art Society exhibition on Jane Jacobs, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. And in 1997 he co-founded Poor Richard's Walking Tours, a Philadelphia-based public history enterprise, and has since been featured as a guide to cities on radio, television, and in print media.
Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence
This award for outstanding undergraduate teaching was established in 1990 by President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg in memory of his parents. The Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching is presented annually to a tenured member of the faculty of CCAS, SBPM, SEAS, ESIA, or the Milken Institute School who regularly teaches undergraduate students.