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Mapping Prejudice 7:00-8:30 pm
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
MacPhail Center for Music
501 2nd St. S., Room 126
Most Minneapolitans think that their city was never burdened by the Jim Crow-type formal segregation of the American South. Mapping Prejudice brings together a team of activists and scholars who want to show how the city's contemporary urban geography has been shaped by historic restrictions on property ownership. The team is using new digital technology to assemble the first-ever map of racial covenants ever created for an American city. They’ll show us the hidden history of race in Minneapolis, why we should care about these historic policies and how we can help with this important research project. Speakers include Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, an MGIS student in the Geography, Environment and Society department at the U of M who’s also project manager for Mapping Prejudice and a graduate assistant at the Borchert Map Library; Penny Petersen, author of two books of Minneapolis history and an expert in historic property research; and Kirsten Delegard, a scholar-in-residence in the history department at Augsburg College and founder of the Historyapolis Project, which seeks to bring new attention to the often-troubled past of her hometown, Minneapolis.