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MICA Presents Shaping the City Lecture Series

Free lunchtime talks focus on cities and the human and environmental forces that change them

Posted 02.04.09 by MICA Media Relations

BALTIMORE--Maryland Institute College of Art's Engaging the City group presents Shaping the City, a free lunchtime lecture series about cities and the human and environmental forces that change them. The series kicks off Friday, Feb. 6 at noon with "The History of Public Housing Segregation in Baltimore," a talk by Barbara Samuels (ACLU of Maryland) in the lobby of Falvey Hall in Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave.

Samuels is the managing attorney for ACLU of Maryland's Fair Housing Project. She is also lead counsel on the ACLU of Maryland's class action lawsuit to provide African-American public housing residents in Baltimore City with a choice in their housing locations in communities of opportunity.

This semester, the Shaping the City speakers will investigate the tools that policy makers, planners, and developers use to foster homogeneity and exclusion in America's metropolitan areas.

Other scheduled speakers include:

Feb. 27: David Freund, University of Maryland: "What Makes a City? The Politics and Culture of Modern Metropolitan Change"

March 27: W. Edward Orser, UMBC: "Blockbusting in Baltimore: The Legacy of Residential Racial Segregation" (Note: This talk has been moved back from its original March 25 date.)

April 10: Nathan Connolly, Johns Hopkins University: "The World the Slums Made: Land Taking in the Undoing of Jim Crow South Florida"

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.