An Urban Humanities Initiative


Photographer Matt Rahner On The Current Exhibit At The Griot Museum Of Black History In St. Louis

October 12, 2017

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Interview with featured artist and co-curator Matt Rahner about the origins of the "Eminent Domain/Displaced" exhibit, the long-term impacts of eminent domain, and the ways in which art and activism intersect. “Eminent Domain/Displaced” will be on display through Nov. 20, 2017.

St. Louis Gay History Unfolds on an Interactive Map

October 10, 2017

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On a map of the city, researchers at Washington University have placed 800 dots. They represent pieces of gay history, stitching together a story arc that has been told only in snippets. There on the interactive map are the nightclubs, the bookstores, the places of worship where those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer came together, safe harbors in a Midwest city resisting what was not considered normal. The project is a collaboration of Washington University, the Missouri History Museum, the State Historical Society of Missouri and the St. Louis LGBT History Project.

‘Eminent Domain/Displaced’ opens at The Griot, sheds light on black neighborhoods lost to redevelopment

October 4, 2017

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“Eminent Domain/Displaced,” a collaborative installation by Matt Rahner and Lois Conley, which opens October 6 at the Griot Museum, is a new exhibit that explores neighborhoods victimized by eminent domain. Visitors will view scenes from Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to Mill Creek Valley and St. Louis Place (home to the upcoming NGA West Campus), scenes of life before and after the headache ball.

No Place Like Home: St. Louis’ Eminent Domain History

September 22, 2017

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Historian Margaret Garb, of Arts & Sciences, writes on the Center for the Humanities site about St. Louis’ use of eminent domain. An exhibit opening and panel discussion took place on October 6-7, 2017.

New issue of “Off the Shelf” magazine highlights the collaboration between The Divided City Initiative and Washington University Libraries

December 12, 2016

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In March of this year, WU Libraries received funding for three collaborative projects through “The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative." Check out page 10 of "Off The Shelf" magazine to learn more about the collaboration between The Divided City Initiative and Washington University Libraries!

‘Memorializing Displacement’ brought the world to St. Louis

November 30, 2016

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How to prevent the erasure of displaced communities? The Divided City, Washington University in St. Louis co-organized a workshop to explore the question, gathering local and global experts to tell their stories.

Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television

October 16, 2016

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The St. Louis International Film Festival and the Divided City Initiative have collaborated to present “Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television.” This six-day program shows how film and television reflect — both consciously and unconsciously — problems within U.S. society, including the overt and covert racism that has long segregated our cities.

Bob’s Tour – Understanding What We See

July 18, 2016

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On Monday July 18, 2016, as part of its annual Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, Cinema St. Louis presented a film created in a class funded by the Divided City. “Bob’s Tour – Understanding What We See” is a film by Jun Bae, a 2016 graduate of the Sam Fox School. “Bob’s Tour” began last fall as a class project in “Tale of Two Cities: Documenting Our Divides,” a seminar funded by The Divided City initiative and led by Professor Denise Ward-Brown. The film explores the community activism of associate professor Bob Hansman.

Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis

July 5, 2016

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“Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis” is a Divided City Initiative project that focuses on the LGBTQ experience within the divided city of St. Louis. The final product will be an interactive map available to the public that showcases the way space was utilized by LGBTQ populations, while also bringing to life the experience of “living in a city divided by sexual identity and practice, gender, race, and socioeconomic status” .

Interactive project will let users explore the St. Louis flood plain online and on foot

June 29, 2016

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“The American Bottom” project works to bring cohesion to the fragmented region known as the American Bottom. Jesse Vogler, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Washington University, and his research team recently launched an in-progress website,, that will allow visitors to explore the relationship between humans and the natural environment.