The Rise of the UniverCity

Lezing / Debat

Urban universities play an important and outsized role in cities. They bring diverse ideas and people together and they generate new innovations. But they also gentrify neighbourhoods and exacerbate housing inequality in an effort to enrich campuses and attract students. They often become the main employers, dictating labour practices and suppressing wages. And they increasingly occupy real estate positions in vulnerable communities. Together with leading urbanist and historian Davarian Baldwin we will discuss the relationship between universities and our cities. What is the role of higher education in shaping our urban environment? And how do we ensure that they actually contribute to a just and vibrant city?

Davarian L. Baldwin is a leading urbanist, historian, and cultural critic. His work largely examines the landscape of global cities through the lens of the African Diasporic experience. On Thursday November 24, Baldwin will give a lecture on the occasion of his new book In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities in which he discusses the often problematic relationship between higher education and our urban environment.

24 november, 20:00 – De D├ępendance, Rotterdam

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