Get Ready for Our Grad Bloggers!

The Third Annual UHA/The Metropole Graduate Student Blogging Contest kicks off on Wednesday! This year we had a record-breaking number of submissions. It’s fitting, then, that the theme is “Life Cycles.”

We invite graduate students to submit essays about the birth, death, or aging of institutions, neighborhoods, cities, or suburbs. You may also contribute personal reflections about the life cycle of a particular research project.

This contest was born in 2017 because we wanted help raise a new generation of publicly-engaged scholars. Our intention was to teach grad students how to adapt their writing for the web, but we’ve also successfully gotten some of them to help us sustain this digital home for urban history on the web: two of our former contest entrants–including one former winner–now serve as editors for The Metropole.

We’ll quit this metaphor before we torture it (or you) to death. We have to thank our judges Heather Ann Thompson, Tom Sugrue, and Richard Harris for their continued support of the contest, as well as our new team of assistant editors for their help polishing these pieces. And of course, this contest would not exist without the research, writing, and revision done by our indefatigable graduate student members.

We can’t wait for you to read these fascinating pieces, which will take you from 1930s New York to 1970s Detroit to Milwaukee and Little Rock in the 1950s. We think you’ll be floored to learn about the life cycle of concrete, and intrigued by the birth-date of public-private partnerships, and sadly unsurprised by how racial discrimination contributed the premature aging of institutions. And all of these stories tell us something about the life cycles of their cities.

The Editors of The Metropole

Featured Image: The life & age of man – stages of mans life from the cradle to the grave – resist the Devil and he will flee from you, William Burford lithograph. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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