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A flier for the event The University and Its Neighbors


Thursday October 6 in Probasco Auditorium. Doors will open at 6 pm for refreshments and the talk will begin at 7. Dr. Baldwin will give a short keynote highlighting findings from his most recent book, In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower, which will be followed by a panel discussion focused on UC's relationship with our neighbors in Avondale. Panelists will be David Stradling, Ozie Davis, Beth Robinson, and Russell Hairston. 

Dr. Baldwin will also be appearing on WVXU's Cincinnati Edition with David Stradling at noon the same day. 

The Center for the City and the Department of History are grateful to our partners in this event. They are: the DAAP School of Planning, the Department of Geography, and funders Charles and Ginny Casey-Leininger and Mike Schmidt and Judith Spraul-Schmidt. Also, the Center for the City is grateful to an initial grant from the Community Change Collaborative of the UC Office of Research for our Avondale Neighborhood History Initiative. 

Davarian L. Baldwin is an urbanist, historian, and cultural critic. His work largely examines the landscape of global cities through the lens of the African Diasporic experience. Baldwin’s related interests include universities and urban development, the racial foundations of academic thought, intellectual and mass culture, Black radical thought and transnational social movements, the politics of heritage tourism, and 20th and 21st Century art, architecture, and urban design. 

Baldwin 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 (Minnesota, 2013). He is currently finishing Land of Darkness: Chicago and the Making of Race in Modern America (Oxford University Press). 

You can read more about Dr. Baldwin in his faculty profile on the Trinity College website here:


Poster for film screening America's Truth: Cincinnati


Please join us for the Center for the City's upcoming film screening of America's Truth: Cincinnati.

America's Truth: Cincinnati is a documentary made by Cincinnati native Dr. Wendy Ellis, Director of the Center for Community Resilience at George Washington University, to document the evidence of structural racism within Cincinnati's built and natural environment. The film uses four Cincinnati neighborhoods to explore the impacts of racism over time and focuses on truth-telling about the past as the path to racial reconciliation and healing. The film premiered last year on Cincinnati's Day of Racial Healing. 

The screening will take place Wednesday October 19 at 4:30 pm in the TUC Cinema in the Lower Level of Tangeman University Hall on main campus. 

Popcorn and drinks will be provided!

The films is a little under two hours long and will be followed by a talkback with the film maker, Wendy Ellis, and two people featured in the film, Carlton Collins of The Heights Movement in Lincoln Heights, and historian Anne Delano Steinert. 

The Center for the City is grateful to our partners in this presentation. They are: DAAP School of Planning, the Department of Geography, and the Department of Africana Studies. Partial funding for this program was provided by a UC Forward Faculty Award for  Collaborative Experiential Learning.

Click here to learn more about American's Truth: Cincinnati:

Flier for Recording Cincinnati exhibit.


The Center for the City is collaborating with undergraduate planning student, Jack Hall, to coordinate an exhibition for the Fotofocus Biennial this fall. 

The exhibition, entitled, Recording Cincinnati: The Queen City in the Eyes of Alice Cusson, features ordinary yet deeply compelling photographs of Cincinnati locations taken on slide film by amateur photographer Alice Cusson in the 1950s and 1960s. After decades in storage, Jack Hall uncovered these images and has curated a complex set of thirty images to highlight change over time in Cincinnati's built environment. Hall has also collected audio "memory clips" to accompany and animate each image available through a QR codes in the show. 

The photos and audio clips will be on view on the East McMicken Street exterior of Somerset in Over-the-Rhine from September 30- November 2. The show will also include two public events:

Opening Reception - Sunday, October 2, 6-8 pm

Curator's Talk featuring Jack Hall - Saturday, October 15, 2-3 pm 

Please come out and see the show when you can or join us for one of these exciting events (and have a few drinks at Somerset!). 

This project is a collaboration between the Center for the City and Action Tank and is funded by a grant from FotoFocus. The Center for the City is grateful to work with these two great partners.

For more information about the show visit FotoFocus' website here:

Or Jack Hall's project page here: