Dismantling a Racialized Baltimore

Last Spring, the Living Hopkins in Baltimore roundtable spurred important conversations around the university’s impact on the city, the political significance of Hopkins, and how Hopkins-driven gentrification is shaping the city. The conversation touched on broader political questions concerning gentrification, neoliberalism and how urban politics intersect with racial inequality.

Since students have enthusiastically expressed interest in revisiting the themes laid out at the roundtable, the JHU Program in Racism, Immigration and Citizenship, in collaboration with the JHU Center for Africana Studies, will host a student-run working group centered around race in Baltimore. Every other Friday, students explore how structural racism and discrimination, “the New Jim Crow” logic of mass incarceration, logics of anti-blackness and neoliberalism converge to produce a highly racialized, unequal and segregated landscape.

Nicole Thornton, Stephanie Najjar, and Gloria Jirsaraie, three graduate students in Political Science and English will be present to help facilitate discussions.

Our next meeting will be held on Friday, December 2nd, from 5:30-6:45pm. Dinner will be provided.