New York as Port City




New York, NY


June 17-21, 2024; July 8-12, 2024


1 week


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




This first-time workshop for higher education faculty, advanced graduate students, and humanities professionals will examine the historical, cultural, economic, and environmental significance of New York City’s waterfront and ports of entry. Guided site visits include the South Street Seaport Museum, the lower Manhattan waterfront, the Port of Newark’s Container Terminal, the African Burial Ground National Monument, and the African American Maritime Heritage Program, among others. Across the week-long workshops, participants will examine New York’s port history through a variety of humanities disciplines and subject areas, including public history, environmental history, literature, ethnic studies, and the oceanic humanities.

Project Director(s)

Karen Miller; Christopher Schmidt

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Andrew Lipman; John Tchen; Marita Sturken; Angus Gillespie

Grantee Institution

LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York

Funded through the Division of Education Programs