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The Innovative Cities Lecture Series

Mapping Racism and Resistance in Milwaukee County: Racial covenants and the struggle for housing in the Urban North presentation by Dr. Anne Bonds, Department of Geography University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Lecture Summary:

The Mapping Racism and Resistance in Milwaukee County (MRR-MKE) project involves collaborative mapping and rhetorical analysis of racial covenants and resistance to them in Milwaukee County. We examine the historical geography of racial covenants in Milwaukee County, considering how racial covenants operated in the specific urban and racial context of Milwaukee, together with other discriminatory housing policies and racialized patterns of development. As the project now turns to the transcription of racial covenants identified with Milwaukee County property records, I discuss the collaboration and collective work that will happen over the next year as we analyze and map the covenants.


Dr. Anne Bonds is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Geography and an affiliate faculty of the Urban Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a critical human geographer whose research interests include race, racialization, and racial segregation, urban political economy and community development, and housing studies. She is an editor of the journal Urban Geography and is the past-Chair of the Urban Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Her work is published in a variety of outlets, including The Annals of the AAG, Progress in Human Geography, Urban Geography, and the Sociological Review.

AICP-CM credits will be awarded.

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