Dr. Herbert J. Gans on Levittown
Dr. Herbert J. Gans of Columbia University, author of the classic sociological study The Levittowners, will speak at Willingboro Public Library on Sat., Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Levittown, NJ. In 1958, then a young professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Gans and his wife bought house number 25 in the new suburban development of Levittown, now known as Willingboro. This free program is open to the public. No registration is required.
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.