Platform for City Culture and Public Debate


The Rise of the UniverCity

How Universities Impact Cities w/ Davarian Baldwin

Date: 24 November 2022
Time: 20:00
Location: Independent School, Delftsestraat 33-3
Admission: €10,- (regular), €6,- (reduction)
Language: English

Urban universities play an important and outsized role in cities. They bring diverse ideas and people together and they generate new innovations. But they also gentrify neighbourhoods and exacerbate housing inequality in an effort to enrich campuses and attract students. They often become the main employers, dictating labour practices and suppressing wages. And they increasingly occupy real estate positions in vulnerable communities. Together with leading urbanist and historian Davarian Baldwin we will discuss the relationship between universities and our cities.  What is the role of higher education in shaping our urban environment? And how do we ensure that they actually contribute to a just and vibrant city?


Davarian L. Baldwin

Davarian L. Baldwin is a leading urbanist, historian, and cultural critic and Professor of American Studies at Trinity College, Connecticut. His work largely examines the landscape of global cities through the lens of the African Diasporic experience. He is the author of ‘In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities’ (2021) and is currently finishing ‘Land of Darkness: Chicago and the Making of Race in Modern America’.

Farid Tabarki

Farid Tabarki is the founding director of Studio Zeitgeist, which researches the Dutch, European and global zeitgeist. Farid presented the parliamentary election edition of MTV Coolpolitics and television program Dare to Think, from Socrates to Sartre. He’s also a member of various supervisory boards and committees, among others the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Mediamatic.