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Community Justice and the Ivory Tower: A Conversation with Davarian L. Baldwin


A panel discussion of the university’s role in gentrifying and policing neighborhoods in cities across the country, with a focus on Penn and West Philly. The event will feature the new book of scholar Davarian Baldwin, In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering our Cities (Bold Type Books, 2021). Prof. Baldwin will be in conversation with Penn faculty and community activists. All university members and Philadelphia residents are invited to attend.

  • Davarian L. Baldwin is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies and founding director of the Smart Cities Lab at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad is a Philadelphia-born organizer, writer, and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Co-op.
  • Jolyon Baraka Thomas is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at UPenn and an organizer with Penn for PILOTS
  • Krystal Strong is Assistant Professor of Education at UPenn and an organizer with BLM Philly


Organized by AAUP-Penn, the University of Pennsylvania chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
Sponsors: Civic House, Wolf Humanities Center, SNF Paideia.

Penn Co-sponsors: Penn for PILOTS; Police Free Penn; Fossil Free Penn; Latinx Coalition; Asian Pacific Student Coalition; Penn Association for Gender Equity; Lambda Alliance; United Minorities Council; UMOJA Coalition; Penn Community for Justice; GET-UP; University of Pennsylvania YDSA.
Community Co-sponsors: The Paul Robeson House; Scribe Video Center; Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture; People’s Emergency Center.

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