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Summer City Seminar

Since its inception in 2016 the Divided City’s Summer City Seminar series has provided a forum through which creative practitioners and scholars across disciplines and from colleges and universities throughout the St. Louis area share ideas, research methods, theories, and topics on issues of urban segregation in the United States and abroad. The Summer City Seminar has been effective in bringing Architecture, Urban Design, and Humanities scholars into regular dialogue.


Summer City Seminar 2018: A Compendium of the Divided City

 

We are happy to announce the 2018 Summer City Seminar: A Compendium of the Divided City, May 10-11th. Since its inception in 2016, the Divided City’s Summer City Seminar series has provided a forum through which creative practitioners and scholars across disciplines share ideas, research methods, and theories on issues of urban segregation in the United States and abroad.

Please join us for the third annual Summer City Seminar which will showcase the vast body of work emerging from the Divided City initiative. The seminar will run over two days at the Missouri History Museum and Washington University. The seminar will feature conversations and presentations on the Divided City’s community engagement, curriculum development, and research projects.

To learn more about the projects that will be featured, visit us on the web here.

Please RSVP by May 7, here.

Thursday, May 10. Missouri History Museum, AT&T Multipurpose Room

12:00 PM-1:00 PM Opening Lunch

1:00 PM-3:00 PM Mapping and Archiving
Panel featuring the projects: Charting the American Bottom /Centennial of a Divided City: East St. Louis and the 1917 Race Riot, Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis, Music and Segregation, and Oral Histories of Ferguson

 3:00 PM -5:00 PM Symposiums
Panel featuring the projects: Dwell in Other Futures, Technologies of Segregation, and Memorializing Displacement

5:00 PM Reception for the opening of the Divided City exhibit, “Visualizing Urban History: St. Louis’s Mill Creek Valley”
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 Friday, May 11. Location: Washington University, Umrath Lounge

10:00 AM-12:00 PM Curriculum
Panel featuring the projects: Segregation by Design, Inclusion and Neighborhood Resilience, Citizen Space, Inequality and the City, and Tale of Two Cities

12:00 PM-1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM-3:00 PM Community Engagement
Panel featuring the projects: Mean Streets, Noon in the City, and Infrastructural Opportunism

 3:00-4:00 PM Closing Reflections


Summer City Seminar 2017: Critical Spatial Practices St Louis (CPSTL)

On May 5-6, 2017, the Divided City Initiative convened the second Summer City Seminar in collaboration with Pulitzer Arts FoundationGeorge B. Vashon Research Center Museumthe Griot Museum of Black History, the Sheldon, and the Contemporary Art Museum.

Critical Spatial Practices St. Louis is a multi-platform convening that takes on the spatial politics of the city. Organized by the Divided City, an Andrew Mellon Foundation-funded initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, CSPSTL constellates around a series of city-wide exhibitions addressing the entanglements between (sub)urbanism, landscape, and race.

As the second in the Divided City’s Summer City Seminar series, the conference brings together scholars and creative practitioners working at the intersection of spatial and political concerns, with a particular eye to the ways creative practice and historical research mingle in the fields of exhibition and institution building. Across a range of disciplines — art, architecture, geography, history, and urbanism — the participants all bring to the table a particular way of seeing, of responding to, and of communicating the imbrications of politics and space.

Central to the orientation of the seminar is building relationships among institutions, practitioners, and activists in St. Louis and beyond, and providing a platform for collaborative projects across the city. As a form of social practice itself, this paripatetic seminar will structure a convergence among institutions and projects in order to nurture critical dialogue around art, politics, and history in St. Louis. Our goal over the long weekend will be to reflect upon, and to put into practice, a range of methodologies – historical, creative, architectural, geographic, etc. – that reorient our received ways of approaching the Divided City.

Please visit CSPSTL’s website here: https://www.cspstl.org/collaborators/

RSVP here.


Summer City Seminar 2016: Understanding the Divided City, Urban Methods

On May 24-26, 2016, the Divided City hosted the inaugural Summer City Seminar. The 2016 theme, “Understanding the Divided City, Urban Methods,” focused on methodologies to approach the issue of urban segregation. In interactive, method-focused workshops led by experts, participants examined the Divided City through urban ethnography, oral history and public records (real estate, census, legal documents).

The seminar began with a tour of the Greater St. Louis area led by Robert Hansman, associate professor of architecture, that highlighted significant locations in the history of the region’s struggle with racial division and injustice. Rev. Starsky Wilson, president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation and co-chair of the Ferguson Commission, gave the opening-night keynote address.

Rev. Starksy Williams gives the opening keynote    

On the second day of the seminar, three workshops were offered. Waverly Duck, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and associate fellow with the Yale Ethnography Project, led an Urban Ethnography Workshop. Geospatial Resources Librarian Andy Rutkowski, from the University of California, Los Angeles, offered a workshop on geographical information systems (GIS), mapping and communities. Dan Kerr, associate professor and director of American University’s public history program, led an Oral History Workshop. On the final day of the seminar, Kevin McGruder, assistant professor in the Department of History at Antioch College and an expert in community development, joined Thomas Harvey, executive director of Arch City Defenders, a nonprofit provider of holistic legal advocacy, to lead a workshop titled “Using Real Estate Records to Track Segregation Practices.” They provided an overview of public real estate records, which can provide a wealth of information on residential segregation practices, and sometimes even the intent of the buyers and sellers, when used in conjunction with census, local newspaper and other records

Lecture by Professor Waverly Duck, University of Pittsburgh

Agenda with Biographies