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Below is a provisional list of readings for each day of the workshop. PDFs of the readings will be made available to participants upon acceptance to the workshop. 

Reading List

Day 1

Lipman, Andrew. “The Giants' Shore.“ The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast. New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 19-53.

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Sturken, Marita. “Global Architecture, Patriotic Skyscrapers, and a Cathedral Shopping Mall: The Rebuilding of Lower Manhattan.“ Terrorism in American Memory: Memorials, Museums, and Architecture in the Post-9/11 Era. New York: New York University Press. pp. 129-171.

Day 5

Gillespie, Angus Kress. Chapters 3, 4, and 9. Port Newark and the Origins of Container Shipping. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. pp. 37-69, 151-171.

Working Bibliography

  • Anderson, Fiona. Cruising the Dead River: David Wojnarowicz and New York’s Ruined Waterfront.

  • Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.


  • Barnard, Anne. “A $52 Billion Proposal Aims to Protect New York Harbor From Storm Surges.” The New York Times, September 27, 2022. New York.


  • Betts, Mary Beth. The New York Waterfront: Evolution and Building Culture of the Port and Harbor. New York: Monacelli Press, 1997.

  • Cafruny, Alan W. Ruling the Waves: The Political Economy of International Shipping. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2021.

  • Doig, Jameson W. Empire on the Hudson: Entrepreneurial Vision and Political Power at the Port of New York Authority. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.

  • Frohne, Andrea E. The African Burial Ground in New York City: Memory, Spirituality, and Space. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2015.

  • Gillespie, Angus Kress. Port Newark and the Origins of Container Shipping. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2022.

  • Gillis, John R. “The Blue Humanities.” The National Endowment for the Humanities. Accessed January 20, 2023.

  • Grumet, Robert Steven. First Manhattans: A Brief History of the Munsee Indians. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011.

  • Holley, Jason R., Katherine A. McComas, and Matthew P. Hare. “Troubled Waters: Risk Perception and the Case of Oyster Restoration in the Closed Waters of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary.” Marine Policy 91 (May 1, 2018): 104–12.

  • Harris, John. The Last Slave Ships: New York and the End of the Middle Passage. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020.

  • Hein, Carola. Port Cities: Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks. New York: Routledge, 2011.

  • Kurlansky, Mark. The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell. New York: Random House Publishing Group, 2007.

  • O’Neil, Judith M., Dylan Taillie, Brianne Walsh, William C. Dennison, Elisa K. Bone, David J. Reid, Robert Newton, et al. “New York Harbor: Resilience in the Face of Four Centuries of Development.” Regional Studies in Marine Science (November 1, 2016): 274–86

  • Plotch, Philip Mark, and Jen Nelles. Mobilizing the Metropolis: How the Port Authority Built New York. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2023.

  • Pritchard, Evan T. Henry Hudson and the Algonquins of New York: Native American Prophecy & European Discovery, 1609. Chicago: Council Oak Books, 2009.

  • Schlichting, Kara Murphy. New York Recentered: Building the Metropolis from the Shore. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. 

  • Schlichting, Kurt C. Waterfront Manhattan: From Henry Hudson to the High Line. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.

  • Sharpe, Christina. In the Wake: On Blackness and Being. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016.

  • Sturken, Marita. Terrorism in American Memory: Memorials, Museums, and Architecture in the Post-9/11 Era. New York: New York University Press, 2022.

  • Tchen, John Kuo Wei. New York Before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture 1776–1882. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999. 

  • Vormann, Boris. Global Port Cities in North America: Urbanization Processes and Global Production Networks. New York: Routledge, 2014.

  • Waldman, John. Heartbeats in the Muck: The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor, Revised Edition. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.

  • Zimring, Carl A., and Steven H. Corey. Coastal Metropolis: Environmental Histories of Modern New York City. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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