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Mapping Prejudice: Visualizing Structural Racism in the Urban Landscape

December 2 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

UWM Digital Humanities Lab logoThe UWM Libraries’ Digital Humanities Lab will present a virtual panel discussion on the Mapping Prejudice project, led by researchers at University of Minnesota, on Wednesday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The panel will introduce the tools and methods used to extract and mine data from historical sources to visualize the impact of racial housing covenants in Minneapolis and other American cities, including Milwaukee.
  • Anne Bonds, Associate Professor, Geography, UWM
  • Derek Handley, Assistant Professor, English, UWM
  • Kirsten Delegard, Project Director, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Ryan Mattke, Co-Director and Project Manager, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, Digital and Geospatial Director, University of Minnesota

Registration required: https://uwm.edu/libraries/events/dh-lab-mapping-prejudice-registration/

The Mapping Prejudice project is using GIS, optical character recognition, and crowdsourcing to build spatial databases of racial covenants for Minneapolis and other American cities. These covenants were used in the 19th and 20th centuries to prevent people who were not white from owning or occupying property. While now illegal, covenants continue to impact the racial geography of cities across the United States today and undergird many of our contemporary racial disparities. This talk will feature an overview of the methods used to build Mapping Prejudice and how researchers are beginning to use those methods to map and understand the impact of racial covenants in Milwaukee.


December 2
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM