Aaron Cowan Lecture: "History Happened Here: Heritage Tourism and Modernist Renewal in Postwar Pittsburgh"

April 5, 2017 - 4:00pm

Location and Address

Humanities Center 

602 Cathedral of Learning 


Speaker: Aaron Cowan (Associate Professor of History, Coordinator, Stone House Center for Public Humanities, Slippery Rock University) 

A native of southwest Virginia, Aaron Cowan has been teaching at Slippery Rock University since 2008. His research and teaching interests include urban, environmental and public history. He is author of A Nice Place to Visit: Tourism and Urban Revitalization in the Postwar Rustbelt, published in 2016 by Temple University Press. The book examines the rise of tourism as a revitalization strategy in struggling "Rustbelt" cities, and the effects that development on cities' political, economic, and social dynamics. Dr. Cowan is also founder and co-coordinator of Slippery Rock University's Stone House Center for Public Humanities, an initiative that seeks to build partnerships between university and community that expand appreciation of the humanities. 


This lecture is free and open to the public. Reception to follow. 


Co-sponsored by the Urban Studies Program


Dr. Aaron Cowan (Associate Professor of History and Coordinator, Stone House Center for Public Humanities) will give a public lecture on postwar Pittsburgh.