Shaping the City is a lecture series about cities and the human and environmental forces that change them. This semester’s theme, “The Arsenal of Exclusion,” will investigate the tools that policy makers, planners, and developers have used to foster homogeneity and exclusion in America’s metropolitan areas.
All lectures will be held in the FALVEY HALL LOBBY at the MICA Brown Center.
Shaping The City is brought to you by Engaging the City, a MICA research cluster
“The History of Public Housing Segregation in Baltimore”
Friday, February 6th 12PM
Barbara Samuels is the Managing Attorney for ACLU of Maryland’s Fair Housing Project. She is also lead counsel on the ACLU of Maryland’s class action lawsuit to provide African American public housing residents in Baltimore City choice in their housing locations in communities of opportunity.
“What Makes a City? : The Politics and Culture of Modern Metropolitan Change”
Friday, February 27th 12PM
David Freund specializes in 20th-century U.S. history, with a research focus on the American metropolis, racial politics, and the impacts of public policy on economic opportunity, built environments, and popular ideology. He is the author of Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America, which was awarded the 2008 Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians.
W. EDWARD ORSER
“Blockbusting in Baltimore: The Legacy of Residential Racial Segregation”
Friday, March 27th 12PM
W. Edward Orser is Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County where he was a Presidential Teaching Professor in 1998. He is the author of Blockbusting In Baltimore: The Edmondson Village Story, and, more recently, The Gwynns Falls: Baltimore Greenway to the Chesapeake Bay.
“The World the Slums Made: Land Taking in the Undoing of Jim Crow South Florida”
Friday, April 10th 12PM
Nathan Connolly is Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. His work explores the historical role of land in the making of racial categories, the intersection of Jim Crow segregation and capitalism, and the economic and cultural consequences of late-twentieth-century “diversity” discourse in the United States.