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Department of Horticulture Seminar – “ISU’s Tracing Race Initiative: Black Students at Iowa State College and Their Housing Experiences to 1940”

Speaker: Gloria Betcher, Teaching Professor, Department of English and Erin Ridnour, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Parks Library, Iowa State University

The Tracing Race at ISU initiative is an ongoing effort to encourage, support, and facilitate digital scholarship that reveals the under-documented history of accomplishment and experience of people of color, and engages with the history of race, inequality, racism, and student, faculty and staff activism at Iowa State University. Erin Ridnour, Digital Scholarship Librarian and Tracing Race at ISU coordinator, will introduce the goals and values of this ongoing initiative and explain how those interested in participating can get involved. Gloria Betcher, Teaching Professor of English and Project Lead, will discuss the ways in which her team’s project, “Mapping the Black ISC Student Housing Experience to 1940,” one of the inaugural projects for the initiative, has led to surprising narratives of both the unique and the shared experiences of African American students who attended Iowa State College in the face of a prohibitive unwritten housing policy that made it almost impossible for BIPOC students to live on campus.

  • Date
    February 14th
  • Time
    4:25 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Location
    118 Horticulture Hall, Iowa State University
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