This first-year seminar introduces Cities Program students to how a representative group of writers and artists have reflected upon urban life since 1800. Sources include texts from fiction and nonfiction, and works in the visual arts, music and film from a diverse variety of cultures. Topics include the growth of cities and urban cultures; views on experiencing urban neighborhoods, street life and other public spaces, in daytime and nighttime; the evolution of urban planning and architecture; patterns of social class, gender, racial and ethnic relations; and experiences of migration and globalization taking place since the early 1800s.

Launch Course