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BOOK TALK: DAVARIAN L. BALDWIN, A Vatican City in the middle of Baltimore: Living in the Shadow of the Ivory Tower
Maryland State Senator described Johns Hopkins’ efforts to create a private security force with jurisdiction over local neighborhoods as “akin to establishing a Vatican City in the Middle of Baltimore.” What are the consequences when an elite, predominately white school holds so much leverage in a struggling Black community? In this lecture, Davarian Baldwin will use Johns Hopkins’ political, economic, and policing influence in Baltimore to sketch out the contours of what he calls the rise of the UniverCity. At the heart of the discussion will be Baldwin’s new book, In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower, which explores higher education’s growing control over the economic development and urban governance of urban America. The case of Hopkins can help us examine the much broader possibilities of urban engagement and the pitfalls of authoritarian control when universities shape the future of our cities.

Oct 12, 2021 03:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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