CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now
Mary Laurents (LLC) and Nicole King (American Studies)
Monday, October 23, 2017 · Noon - 1 PM
Fall 2017 Works-in-Progress Talks
The Marginalization of Privilege: The Fracture of Upper Class Identity in WWI Britain
Mary Laurents, PhD Student, Language, Literary, and Culture; Dresher Center Graduate Student Residential Fellow
This talk deals with marginalization along generational lines within the British upper class during WWI and the resulting fracture of traditional upper class identity. That identity fracture then resonates through British society and politics during the interwar period and underpins Britain's weak reaction to the rise of Fascism.
The Superblock Downtown Development Debacle: "It seems like it has taken so long to get nothing started," 2003-2015
Nicole King, Associate Professor and Chair, American Studies; Dresher Center Summer Faculty Research Fellow
Downtown redevelopment projects have often brought destruction to and increased inequality in many cities. The story of Baltimore's Superblock development debacle on the westside of downtown Baltimore exposes the flaws of a twenty-first-century model of neoliberal urban redevelopment - go big, go corporate, and try and do it all at once. We can learn from the failure of this redevelopment project, which wasted millions of dollars, dislocated local business owners, and made our city streets more desolate and dangerous, that to develop a city in just ways, we must be able to critically read the text of those already walking the city streets down below.