Davarian L. Baldwin

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m. ET
Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Trinity College

Believe it or not, universities set the wage ceiling, direct policing priorities, and raise both housing and health care costs, especially for the Black and brown communities that surround urban campuses. It’s time to envision a more equitable relationship between our universities and our multi-racial cities.


Davarian L. Baldwin,#GCSHE Truth and Reconciliation in Higher Education panelist, is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Founding Director of the Smart Cities Research Lab at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the author of In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities (Bold Type Books, 2021); Chicago’s New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life (UNC, 2007) and co-editor (with Minkah Makalani) of the essay collection, Escape From New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem (University of Minnesota, 2013). Baldwin is also co-editor of the Urban Life, Landscape, and Policy book series for Temple University Press and was appointed a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. 

The panel of experts will discuss how, to effectively support a just transition, higher education will need to acknowledge and atone for the historical and ongoing ways in which it perpetuates racial injustice.

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