When students return to class in the fall, the University of Baltimore is looking to help students continue the conversations that started during the spring’s protests and unrest. University officials are even writing it into the curriculum.
A new course, titled”Divided Baltimore: How Did We Get Here, Where Do We Go?,” will be available for undergrad and graduate students starting in the fall semester. Using WYPR’s “The Lines Between Us” series as a basis, the course will look at issues like cross generational poverty, the war on drugs, infrastructure, racial inequality and other structural issues. The course was being planned prior to Freddie Gray’s death, but took on added meaning after the riots, officials said.
“We can’t claim our efforts will make all the difference in the world, but this is what we should be doing as a city-based institution, and I believe that it can and will help us overcome our problems,” said Darren Ripple, manager of UB’s Experiential Learning Program in the Office of Academic Innovation.
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