Past Event

"Why Zip Codes?" Virtual Roundtable

February 22, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Event Description

The US Postal Service introduced Zip Codes (Zone Improvement Plan) in the mid-1960s to speed up mail delivery by marking precise geographic locations. But Zip Codes are also maps of brutal social inequalities affecting the lives and even the life expectancies of our communities.

Bringing together scholars and activists, this virtual roundtable will ask: How has the Zip Code legacy shaped our experience and understanding of the ongoing pandemic? Can thinking through Zip Code maps help us equalize access to healthcare, safety, and well-being? Can Zip Codes be mobilized in activist pursuits of social justice?

Event Speakers

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Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required. For more information, please visit the event webpage. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. 

Hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Zip Code Memory Project at Columbia University.