Feb 4, 2021: Mapping Inequalities: Redlining and its Contemporary Legacies

Robert K. Nelson, PhD
Director, Digital Scholarship Lab
University of Richmond
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Mapping Inequality
LaDale Winling, PhD
Associate Professor of History
Virginia Tech
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Health disparities in American cities today closely correlate with color-coded redlining maps drawn by the federal government in the 1930s. This presentation will discuss the history of redlining, explore how it shaped and continues to shape the contours of interconnected inequalities (wealth, racial, environmental, and health), and analyze the persistent connections between race, real estate, and health.

About the Speakers:

Robert K. Nelson is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab and Head of Digital Engagement in Boatwright Library. He is the editor of American Panorama: An Atlas of United States History, which includes “Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America.” American Panorama received the 2019 Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History from the American Historical Association and was named a tech innovation by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s in 2016; “Mapping Inequality” received Honorable Mention for the 2019 Garfinkel Prize from the American Studies Association’s Digital Humanities Caucus. Other digital history projects that Nelson has developed include Mining the Dispatch and a remediated, enhanced version of Charles Paullin’s 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States. Nelson teaches course related to antislavery and slavery in the United States and about the digital humanities.

LaDale Winling is a 20th century urban historian. His book, Building the Ivory Tower, explores the conflicts and tensions of university growth and real estate development in American cities. He is working on a book on the origins and battles over redlining.

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