In Fall 2014, RIC introduced a campus-wide roundtable discussion on “Living ‘Hopkins’ in Baltimore: An Immigrant City.” A resounding success, this event provided an informal yet learned forum for faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, administrators, and the general Hopkins-Baltimore community to discuss the intersection of race, migration, and citizenship in Baltimore City. Some of the questions that we have addressed included: Where are the immigrants in this city? Where are the so-called neighborhood folk? Where do we elect to walk, to run? Where will we drive, or drive through? How do we talk about Baltimore? Is the Johns Hopkins campus a neighborhood campus? How do we, as everyday people, make investments in the city? The themes that we seek to address deal with gentrification, Baltimore’s uneven social and economic landscape, the role of the university in the city, and the relationship between racial and immigration politics.
Now an annual event, our next “Living ‘Hopkins’” roundtable is scheduled for Friday, April 28, 2017 from 4pm-6pm in the Nolan Room, Gilman 132. Following the recent “Muslim Ban” and other anti-immigrant initiatives of the new Trump administration, this year’s roundtable will discuss how the livelihoods of undocumented and immigrant women of color in Baltimore are affected by the abstract insecurity of deportation as state violence, in addition to domestic violence. This discussion will also include an appraisal of Hopkins’ culpability (among other colleges and universities) in the perpetuation of rape culture and other forms of abstract insecurity for women on campus. In tune with Hopkins’s long-standing commitment to a conversation about reducing racial disparities on its campus and beyond, this event will bring together Hopkins faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and administrators in conversation with community organizations and activists within Baltimore to contribute their insights to our continuing exploration of race, immigration, and citizenship in the city and the specific role that Hopkins plays. The event is also being co-sponsored by the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality. Please see the poster below for more details.