Remaking the Seventh Ward through Digital Mapping and Storytelling

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 12:00pm1:30pm

Collaborative Classroom, 1st floor, Penn Library, 3420 Walnut Street

Remaking the Seventh Ward through Digital Mapping and Storytelling

Amy Hillier

Project Director, The Ward
Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

Stephanie Boddie

Oral History Director, The Ward
School of Social Work and The Center on Race and Social Problems, University of Pittsburgh; Fox Leadership and The Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, University of Pennsylvania

Saundra Tomlinson-Clarke

Great-granddaughter of Seventh Ward resident
Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University

The Ward: Race and Class in Du Bois' Seventh Ward is a teaching, research, and public history project dedicated to sharing the timeless lessons on race and racism from WEB Du Bois' 1899 classic book, The Philadelphia Negro. Three faculty collaborators engage participants in brainstorming and innovation exercises to identify ways The Ward can use new technologies to engage new audiences. This event was held in the new Collaborative Classroom in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, which features five projectors and wrap-around dry-erase surfaces used to visually hash out the desirability, viability, and feasibility of our new ideas and new audiences.