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Dr. Herbert J. Gans on Levittown

What did developer William J. Levitt get right and wrong in his plans for Levittown in 1958? How did his plans work out over the years? In this interactive talk, Dr. Gans will solicit views and answer questions from the audience about his experiences and theirs as Levittowners.

Called "Professor of America" by the New York Times, Dr. Gans has studied and written about social issues from immigration to poverty to popular culture. Born in Germany in 1927, his family left Nazi Germany for first England, then the United States. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His most recent book is Imagining America in 2033: How the Country Put Itself Back Together After Bush.

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