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Robin Nagle's  book Picking Up, an ethnography of New York City’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) was published in 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  It’s based on a decade of work with the Department, which included time on the job as a uniformed sanitation worker.  She is collaborating with colleagues at Sanitation, at New York University, and elsewhere to organize the DSNY Archives, to create a DSNY Oral History, and to pull together a Museum of Sanitation.  
Robin's research considers the category of material culture known generically as “garbage,” with an emphasis on the infrastructures and organizational demands it imposes on urban areas. In other words, she looks at the relationship between trash and cities. Within this broad perspective, she is especially interested in the people, history, and politics that are always inherent to labors of waste. She is also fascinated by the many ways in which garbage is implicated in every contemporary environmental crisis.
Thursday, 10/30
6 PM
Milbank Hall
Ella Weed 223
Free Event
No Reservations Necessary