CHID New York City: Urban Change in the City That Never Sleeps

A month-long seminar in New York City

Sponsored by the University of Washington Comparative History of Ideas Program
Go to Exploring


Through field trips, walking tours, meetings with local scholars, planners, archivists, students, and architects, students on this program learn about the numerous ways that New York City has dealt — and continues to grapple with — change over the last century and a half.

Go to Reading


Students on this program engage with texts by urban scholars and other authors in order to gain a foundational knowledge base and a toolkit for interacting with the city. Authors on our reading list included: Edward Soja, Sharon Zukin, Neil Smith, Richard Florida, Jane Jacobs, Jacob Riis, Betty Smith, Loretta Lees, Ruth Glass, and Teju Cole.

Go to Researching


Each student on the program is pursuing his or her own individual research project on an aspect, place, or theme in New York City.