James P. ’60 and Mary C. Sczepaniak Lecture 

The legacy of Jim and Mary Clare Sczepaniak lives on through the
James P. ’60 and Mary C. Sczepaniak Lecture*
hosted by the Lewis University History Department.
You are cordially invited to join us for this fall's lecture.
-Event is free and open to the public-

"Segregated Suburbs and the History of the United States"
Dr. Paige Glotzer, Assistant Professor of History
and John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Chair
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The advent of segregated suburbs reconfigured American politics, culture, and society. In this lecture Dr. Paige Glotzer traces their history beginning in the late nineteenth century and explores how early financial connections to slavery and empire shaped the imperatives of developers to turn to segregation. These developers experimented with planning and forged relationships with officials who ultimately codified these decisions into enduring policy such as redlining. The legacy of redlining—as well as the lasting popularity of suburbs—continue to impact life not just in the United States, but around the world. 


Tuesday, October 18th | 2:00 pm
Convocation Hall at Lewis University in Romeoville

Dr. Paige Glotzer, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, has spent much of her professional career studying the history of housing segregation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In 2020, she published How the Suburbs Were Segregated: Developers and the Business of Exclusionary Housing, 1890-1960. The book “charts how the real estate industry shaped residential segregation, from the emergence of large-scale suburban development in the 1890s to the postwar housing boom.” Glotzer’s work has been featured in the Journal of Urban History, Public Seminar, The CityLab, and Time.


Please contact Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, Professor & Director of the LU History Center

* The legacy of Jim and Mary Clare Sczepaniak lives on through scholarships, Lewis University enhancements, and now,
the James P. ’60 and Mary C. Sczepaniak Lecture Series presented by the Lewis University History Department. Visit www.alumni.lewisu.edu/Sczepaniak for more information about Jim Szczepaniak. 

The James P. ’60 and Mary C. Sczepaniak Lecture Series is being presented as a part of
Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community.
A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
Contact artsandideas@lewisu.edu for further information.