As part of the curriculum development process for the course Segregation by Design, a team led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas and Mark Abbott of Harris-Stowe State University held a series of gatherings that focused on topics around the issue of segregation. These discussions among scholars and members of nonprofit organizations were recorded and later curated as a collection of conversations on American Apartheid, resulting in the book proposal Segregation by Design: Conversations for Action and Collected Essays. Photographs by Cissy Lacks will illustrate the cultural divide depicted in each of the conversations and essays.
This exhibition, on view October 28 through January 3, features some of the insights and questions that emerged from these conversations and the images that represent them. A complementary exhibition of student work from the course Segregation by Design will be on view starting in December.
The course Segregation by Design is supported by The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation. The gatherings Freixas and Abbott hosted were funded through the Office of the Provost’s Bring Your Own Idea program. The book is funded by the WashU Ferguson Academic Seed Fund through the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost and Washington University Libraries, as well as a Sam Fox School Creative Research Activity Grant.