An Urban Humanities Initiative


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.

Harvard Professor Eve Blau of the Graduate School of Design Receives a Washington University Divided City Grant

May 11, 2016

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Eve Blau, adjunct professor of the history of urban form, has received a collaborative research grant with Heather Woofter, professor and chair of graduate architecture at Washington University, and Michael Allen, director of St. Louis’s Preservation Research Office, from Washington University’s The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative. Their research project, entitled Citizen Space in North St. Louis, will examine the role of government influence on the formation and division of public spaces in St. Louis.

Graduate School of Design Conference Addresses Racism in St Louis

March 31, 2016

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In March of 2016, The Divided City sponsored several Washington University faculty to attend and present at the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s conference, “Voices & Visions of St. Louis: Past, Present, Future” The conference examined the urban planning and design decisions that have excluded and dispossessed St. Louis’s African-American community during the past two centuries, and what today’s planners and designers can do repair the damage.

Oral Histories of a Divided City

August 3, 2015

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Jeffrey McCune is an associate professor in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program and in the Performing Arts Department, both in Arts & Sciences. Professor McCune is one of the project leads on the Divided City’s faculty collaborative grant, “Oral Histories of Ferguson.” Professor McCune, in partnership with professor Clarissa Hayward, has been collecting narratives from activists involved with the Ferguson movement and speaks at length in this interview about the relationship between academia and activism.

Washington University Study to Examine Racial Segregation in St. Louis

October 15, 2014

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Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, has embarked on a four-year study that will examine racial segregation from a variety of perspectives. The project, entitled “The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative,” is funded in part by a $650,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.