“What Remains? Baltimore Neighborhoods in Transition”
Moderator: Denise Meringolo
Moderator: Denise Meringolo (History). Participants: Nicole King (American Studies), Steve Bradley (Visual Arts), Bill Shewbridge (Media and Communication Studies), Michelle Stefano (Maryland Traditions and American Studies), Deborah Rudacille (English), Eddie Bartee, Jr. (former Sparrows Point steelworker), Troy Pritt (former Sparrows Point steelworker), and Jason Reed (community gardener, Curtis Bay).
Industry has shaped the lives of millions in the US. Numerous communities, including company towns, have been built in and around mills, plants, and manufacturing centers on every coast and in between. Nonetheless, in this age of sharp industrial decline, what happens to these communities and places that were once thriving? The forum brings together researchers and community members from the deindustrialized areas of Sparrows Point Steel Mill (Dundalk) and Brooklyn/Curtis Bay to problematize the “post” in post-industrialization, and discuss the relationships between people and place and their memories and stories of livelihoods long gone.
Sponsors: Dresher Center for the Humanities. Co-sponsors: AMST
For more information on the projects, read Michelle Stefano's BreakingGround blog post: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/bg/news/35695