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Historian to speak on New Jersey as role model, Nov. 9

Urban historian Kenneth Jackson will discuss New Jersey's history and future -- and its potential as a role model for other states -- in a lecture set for 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in McCosh 50.

In his talk, titled "If All the World Were New Jersey: The Past and Future of the Garden State," Jackson will focus on the state's success with public transportation, schools, open space preservation, diversity and other areas in which it could serve as a model for the rest of the nation.

The Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University, Jackson is an expert on the history of New York City and former president of the New York Historical Society. He also is known for his work on the post-World War II suburbanization movement, including his influential book, "Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States." His other books include "The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930," "Cities in American History" and "Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery."

The talk is designated as a Stafford Little Lecture, sponsored by Princeton University Public Lectures

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