Exhibition Program: Uber and Urban Life in Washington

Friday, March 8, 2024, 12-1 p.m. EST
A view of highways at night, with the Washington Monument in the distance

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Uber changed Washington. Following its D.C. launch in 2011, the app attracted gig economy workers, locals and tourists searching for alternatives to traditional jobs and public transportation. But the cost of choosing Uber far surpassed expectations. Join the authors of Disrupting D.C.: The Rise of Uber and the Fall of the City (Princeton University Press, 2023) as they discuss the app’s effects on labor and leisure in the District.

About the Exhibition

What did life look like for Washington’s 19th-century residents? Much like today, D.C. residents studied at universities, worked for government agencies, and enjoyed concerts, museums and national ceremonies unique to the capital city. Historical newspaper illustrations and other artifacts in Washingtonians at Work and Play capture daily scenes of labor and leisure. Learn more about the exhibition

Speaking Program

Declan Cullen, assistant professor, GW Department of Geography

Kafui Attoh, associate professor, CUNY School or Labor and Urban Studies

Katie Wells, postdoctoral Fritz Fellow, Georgetown University

How to Participate

This program will be in a hybrid format. You can join us in person at the museum or watch the livestream online. Please register in advance and choose how you would like to participate. We will email virtual attendees a link and instructions for joining via Zoom. When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.

Join virtually or in person at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum 701 21st St. NW Washington DC 20052

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