Think back to your last Turnpike experience. For some, it’s an occasional ride, for others it’s part of the daily grind. Have you considered what it took to create that road? New Jersey was a pioneer in major highway innovation (the Turnpike even predates the interstate highway system). In this interactive discussion, participants will be encouraged to consider its execution, significance in travel, aesthetics, and impact and how it can be seen as an emblem of American ideas and values.
Angus Kress Gillespie, Ph.D.
Professor of American Studies and Urban Studies
Angus Kress Gillespie received his B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and his Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. His introductory course in American Studies combines academic rigor with real‑ world curiosity. Much of Gillespie’s research focuses on the cultural implications of large‑scale civil engineering works. He has written about highways, skyscrapers, and (most recently) tunnels. His book Twin Towers: The Life of New York City’s World Trade Center (Rutgers University Press, 1999) was a New York Times bestseller.