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Brooklyn Bridge, circa 1901
June Monday

Virtual Program | Bridges Across America: The Impact of John Roebling and the Roebling Family


Hear the story of John Roebling: immigrant, engineer, and mastermind of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Richard Haw shares his book, Engineering America: The Life and Times of John Roebling, a meticulously researched and lively story that follows Roebling from his childhood in Napoleonic Prussia, to his work as a prominent American engineer, and ultimately his tragic death before the completion of his masterpiece. Haw is joined by Erica Wagner, author of Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge, for a conversation that spans not just John’s grand designs, but the work of his son Washington and daughter-in-law Emily Roebling who brought his vision to life.

Presented in partnership with the Roebling Museum.


Monday, June 22, 2020

1:00 pm

Online program via Zoom Webinar


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    Richard Haw

    Richard Haw is an Associate Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), New York. He is the author of Engineering America: The Life and Times of John A. Roebling, as well as The Brooklyn Bridge: A Cultural History (2006) and Art of the Brooklyn Bridge: A Visual History (2008). A native of Leeds in the UK, he now lives with his daughter in Brooklyn, where he likes to sew, build furniture, and take walks.

  • Portrait of Erica Wagner

    Erica Wagner

    Erica Wagner’s most recent book is Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge (Bloomsbury). “A masterful psychological study about duty and drive,” wrote the Economist. Erica was the literary editor of the London Times for seventeen years and is now a contributing writer for the New Statesman and consulting literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Economist, the Financial Times, and the New York Times, among others. She lives in London with her husband and son.