Slavery, Universities, Inner Cities

Long after Brown University paved the way in 2003, Georgetown, PrincetonColumbia and other institutions are addressing their ties to slavery.

To better understand this past and its links to the present, the Lapidus Center presented “Slavery, Universities, Inner Cities” a stimulating conversation between Craig S. Wilder, Professor of History at M.I.T., and Davarian Baldwin, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies at Trinity College.

They discussed the role of slavery in the building and functioning of many of the country’s most revered colleges and universities; and how, today, some institutions of higher learning are transforming urban America by continually expanding their real estate holdings, spearheading gentrification, and offering low-wage labor to inner-city residents.

Craig S. Wilder is the author, most recently, of Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s University, and In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City.

Davarian Baldwin is the co-editor, with Minkah Makalani, of Escape From New York! The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlemand the author of Chicago’s New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life. 

Read his July 30, 2017 article for The Chronicle of Higher Education, “When Universities Swallow Cities.”

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