Family Matters, or What’s So Hard About Hard Histories

November 30, 2022

From the Hard Histories Substack

This fall at Hard Histories, we’ve had time to tackle some of the most challenging questions about our work. As those who follow us know, what was initially envisioned as a scholarly inquiry into an institutional past very quickly became complicated by questions about families, their histories, and their stakes in our work.

The Peabody Ballroom Experience

November 23, 2022

From the Hard Histories Substack

In this post, we highlight our colleagues at Johns Hopkins who have pioneered a commitment to hard histories and to different futures, The Peabody Ballroom Experience. Coordinated by JHU’s Dr. Joseph Plaster and “Legends and Icons from Baltimore’s ballroom scene,” this project engages in the past, present, and future of JHU’s connections to “a nearly century-old performance-based culture composed primarily of gay, lesbian, transgender, and gender non-conforming people of color.” Follow them and you will discover how workshops in archival research and Vogue, film production, oral histories, and ball competitions tell the story of where , queer members of the JHU and Baltimore communities, have been together and where a future might take all of us.

Seeing Old Baltimore Anew

October 19, 2022

From the Hard Histories Substack

This fall, we’re eager to discover the many places where Baltimore’s hard history is being written and rewritten, where our past is being remembered. Already, we’re following programs sponsored by JHU’s Right to the City Seminar (you can tune into their recent discussion of “The City and Black Nationalism” here.) Inheritance Baltimore and the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship recently sponsored a Walk of Remembrance, that ended at the Harriet Tubman Memorial Grove in the Wyman Park Dell (pictured below).

Policing Students

October 4, 2022

From the Hard Histories Substack

We’re continuing to explore the history of JHU and policing in Baltimore. Today, the university is promoting policing on campus as a measure that will “respond to our community’s growing public safety needs” [footnote in full text]. This view, of police as allies to the university community — including its students — is far from where the story began. In the decades before World War I, police in Baltimore were from time-to-time deployed to safeguard Baltimore residents from the misconduct of Johns Hopkins students.

JHU, Policing, and Our Origin Stories

September 27, 2022

From the Hard Histories Substack

This post begins with a thank you to our follower Lynda Davis who posed an important question during our most recent webinar. (That event featured Lisa Snowden, Editor-in-Chief of the newly relaunched Baltimore Beat in conversation with Adam Holofcener of the Lillian Holofcener Foundation and you can catch the replay here.)

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