Paul M. Farber is a scholar of American and Urban Studies. He is currently a Postdoctoral Writing Fellow at Haverford College. Farber has a PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan. He previously was the Doctoral Fellow in the History of African Americans and Germans/Germany at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., and taught in the Urban Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Farber's research focuses on American cultural histories of the Berlin Wall and urban memory projects in Philadelphia. His current book project is a study of representations of the Berlin Wall in American art, literature, and popular culture from 1961 to the present. He is also curating the exhibition, The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall for the Goethe-Institut Washington DC in Fall 2014, and is co-curator of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage-funded public history project, Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia in Spring 2015.
He has contributed essays and helped produce several photography books including This Is the Day: The March on Washington (Getty Publications, 2013), a new critical edition of Made in Germany with the booklet Re-Made: Reading Leonard Freed (Steidl Verlag, 2013), and Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures 1972-1990 (powerHouse, 2013). He is the co-editor of a special issue of the journal Criticism on HBO's series, The Wire (2010). His work on popular culture has also previously appeared in Vibe, Blender, Philadelphia Weekly, and on NPR. He was recently included on Dell's inaugural #Inspire 100 list, a group of "world changers" who use technology to empower social change.
Farber is a co-founder of PATH, the first LGBT student-athlete led advocacy group in the nation, established in 2003.
Contact : pfarber [at] haverford [dot] edu
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