"Baltimore Revisited" with Michael Casiano, Kate Drabinski, Nicole Fabricant, Ashley Minner, and Nicole King

Our second panel on this essential new anthology features:

  • Michael Casiano/"'The Pot': Criminalizing Black Neighborhoods in Jim Crow Baltimore"

  • Kate Drabinski/"Relentlessly Gay: A Conversation on LGBTQ Stories in Baltimore"

  • Nicole Fabricant/"Over-Burdened Bodies and Lands: Industrial Development and Environmental Injustice in South Baltimore"

  • Ashley Minner/"The Lumbee Community: Revisiting the Reservation of Baltimore’s Fells Point"

And will be moderated by Nicole King, one of the book's editors.

Nicknamed both “Mobtown” and “Charm City” and located on the border of the North and South, Baltimore is a city of contradictions. From media depictions in The Wire to the real-life trial of police officers for the murder of Freddie Gray, Baltimore has become a quintessential example of a struggling American city. Yet the truth about Baltimore is far more complicated—and more fascinating.
To help untangle these apparent paradoxes, the editors of Baltimore Revisited have assembled a collection of over thirty experts from inside and outside academia. Together, they reveal that Baltimore has been ground zero for a slew of neoliberal policies, a place where inequality has increased as corporate interests have eagerly privatized public goods and services to maximize profits. But they also uncover how community members resist and reveal a long tradition of Baltimoreans who have fought for social justice.
The essays in this collection take readers on a tour through the city’s diverse neighborhoods, from the Lumbee Indian community in East Baltimore to the crusade for environmental justice in South Baltimore. Baltimore Revisited examines the city’s past, reflects upon the city’s present, and envisions the city’s future.

Michael Casiano is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. His dissertation project, Broke: Finance and Race in Baltimore City, analyzes the relationship between the law, race, and public and private capital as it manifests in home lending practices, alternative financial institutions, and multi-issue labor organizing. Specifically, his dissertation charts the political economic dimensions of foreclosure and contextualizes them within a broader national framework to explore how debt-issuing institutions persist in communities of color, particularly East Baltimore.

Kate Drabinski is a Lecturer of Gender and Women’s Studies, and she  is also the Director of  the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program, a co-curricular program and Living-Learning community sponsored by GWST. She received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric with a graduate certificate in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. She has taught a wide range of introductory courses in gender and sexuality studies at several universities.

Nicole Fabricant is a freelance writer and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Towson University. She received a BA from Mount Holyoke College in 1999 in urban anthropology and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2009. She completed a presidential post-doc at the University of South Florida in 2010 where she focused on the global water crisis and joined Towson University in the Fall of 2010. Dr. Fabricant’s teaching interests include Revolution in Latin America, Resource Wars of the 21st Century, Environmental (In)justice, and Gender and Labor in Latin America, and works to align participatory research with Baltimore social movements fighting for environmental and racial justice.

Ashley Minner is a community based visual artist from Baltimore, Maryland. An enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, she has been active in the Baltimore Lumbee community for many years, and regularly visits communities throughout the U.S South and Latin America as well. Ashley is a professor of the practice and folklorist in the Department of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she also serves as the inaugural director of the minor in Public Humanities. Ashley is a doctoral candidate in the Department of American Studies at University of Maryland College Park, where she is completing her dissertation on the changing relationship between Baltimore’s Lumbee community and the neighborhood where they first settled. She is most inspired by the beauty of everyday people.

Nicole King is an associate professor and chair of the Department of American Studies, an affiliate professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture doctoral program, and director of the Orser Center for the Study of Place, Community, and Culture at UMBC.

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