Book and Author Events

Over the past four years, YPT has organized several events on books in the transportation industry. Some of these are book clubs with members, others are larger scale author talks with the writers themselves. These events have given members the opportunity to gain insight into various aspects of the field and engage directly with experts.

Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom, by Sarah Seo (May 2020)

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Sarah Seo addressing discussing her book with YPT members over Zoom

Sarah Seo joined us for a virtual author talk, a lawyer and historian whose book explores how the rise of the automobile radically transformed the nature and meaning of American freedom and police power.

Informed Urban Transport Systems: Classic and Emerging Mobility Methods Toward Smart Cities, by Joseph Chow (May 2019)

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Professor Chow giving a lecture to YPT members on his recent textbook

Co-hosted by C2SMART, NYU Tandon School of Engineering professor Joseph Chow gave a lecture on his recently published book, which highlights the gaps between urban transportation sciences and data-driven transportation professionals working with emerging mobility technologies.

The Fixer, My Adventures Saving Startups from Death by Politics, by Bradley Tusk (February 2019)

Bradley Tusk Discussing The Fixer
Bradley Tusk discussing his career and book with YPT members.

Author Bradley Tusk shared stories from his unique career in the public and private sector (from the NYC Mayor’s office to Uber, Tesla, and Bird), including insight into the debate over tech startups’ effect on transportation in our cities.

Pinpoint: How GPS is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds, by Greg Milner (September 2018)

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Greg Milner discusses his his book with YPT members and Carto

In this event co-hosted by Carto, author Greg Milner joined us to discuss the fascinating history of navigation, the invention and rollout of GPS, and where navigation technology is heading next.

Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom: Transportation Women Tell Their Stories, by Grace Crunican and Elizabeth Levin (February 2018)

YPT members discussing Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom

Members met to discuss this book, which follows the careers of eighteen trailblazing women who succeeded in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject, by Philip Mark Plotch (w/ TransitCenter) (April 2017)

Philip Mark Plotch speaking at TransitCenter

In April 2017, YPT NYC and TransitCenter co-hosted an author talk with Phillip Mark Plotch, who gave insight into what he learned while researching the Tappan Zee Megaproject, and how some of those discoveries might be able to shed some light on the region’s various other current or proposed large-scale infrastructure projects.

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, by Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow (April 2016)

Our first book club event brought together members to discuss Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, an inside look at the Bloomberg administration’s efforts to make New York’s streets better and safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and the political battles that made it all possible.