Dr. Ned Kaufman will do a lunchtime talk about his current research around historic conservation, social justice, intangible resources, sustainability and the economics of heritage. He will also discuss his career inside and outside of academia. As more Ph.D.’s are seeking alternative careers, by choice and by necessity, Dr. Kaufman’s academic and non-academic career offers an example of a path of intellectually challenging and worthwhile work as a consultant, a public historian and a professor. A light lunch will be served at the session.
Dr. Ned Kaufman is principal of Kaufman Heritage Conservation and Adjunct Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University. Previously, Dr. Kaufman served as director of historic preservation at the Municipal Art Society of New York, where he led campaigns to protect the African Burial Ground, Aubudon Ballroom, Ellis and Governors Islands, and other historic sites. He also founded and co-directed Place Matters as well as the international research and training program at Rafael Viñoly Architects. His books include Place, Race, and Story: Essays in the Past and Future of Historic Preservation (2009) and Pressures and Distortions: City Dwellers as Builders and Critics (2011), as well as histories of Sagamore Hill and Springfield Armory National Historic Sites. He has advised the National Trust on sustainability policy and is a U.S. voting member on the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Intangible Heritage.