Together with leading urbanist and historian Davarian Baldwin, we will discuss the relationship between universities and our cities. What is the role of higher education in shaping our urban environment? And how do we ensure that they actually contribute to a just and vibrant city?
Baldwin’s work largely examines the landscape of global cities through the lens of the African Diasporic experience. Baldwin’s related interests include universities and urban development, the racial foundations of academic thought, intellectual and mass culture, Black radical thought and transnational social movements, the politics of heritage tourism, and 20th and 21st Century art, architecture, and urban design. He is the author of In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities (2021) and is currently finishing Land of Darkness: Chicago and the Making of Race in Modern America. His research, writing, and commentary has been featured in numerous outlets including NBC News, CNN, NPR, BBC Radio, TIME, Washington Post, and The Guardian.