The Wire:Policy and Politics in America's Urban Crisis
A panel discussion titled "The Wire: Policy and Politics in America's Urban Crisis," will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2008 in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. Panel discussants will include Michael Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia and David Simon, writer and producer of "The Wire." Julian Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, will moderate the panel. Michael Nutter became Mayor of the City of Philadelphia in January, 2008. He previously served as a City Councilman for nearly 15 years representing PhiladelphiaÃ¢ÂÂs Fourth District. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board. There he crafted a labor-management agreement, and helped to bring about the CenterÃ¢ÂÂs current $700 million expansion project. Nutter serves on the Board of City Trusts, managing the CityÃ¢ÂÂs charitable assets, supporting institutions such as Girard College and Wills Eye Hospital, as well as administering public school scholarship funds. David Simon is an author, journalist and writer-producer of television specializing in criminal justice and urban issues. He is the Executive Producer, writer and series creator for the show Ã¢ÂÂThe Wire.Ã¢ÂÂ? After graduating from the University of Maryland he worked as a police reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He is the author of "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets." The Edgar-award winning account of a year inside the Baltimore Police Department Homicide Unit became the basis for NBC's HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET, which was broadcast from 1993 to 1999. In 1993, Simon co-authored "The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood" with Edward Burns, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. Having left the Baltimore Sun in 1995, Simon continues to work as a freelance journalist and author, writing for publications as varied as the Washington Post, the New Republic and Details magazine. Julian ZelizerÃ¢ÂÂs research interests include Congress, 20th Century American Presidency and democracy. Author of several books, his most recent is titled Ã¢ÂÂRightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s.Ã¢ÂÂ? The book, co-edited with Bruce Schulman, is a compilation of essays that examine the 1970s, the time between the liberal Sixties and ReaganÃ¢ÂÂs Eighties; a significant moral and cultural turning point in which the conservative movement became the motive force driving politics for the ensuing three decades. Zelizer is a frequent commentator in the international and national media on political history and contemporary politics. This event is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the History department. It is free and open to the public.
Location: Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall
Date/Time: 2008-10-16 at 4:30 pm - 2008-10-16 at 6:00 pm