The Open Society Institute, the non-profit group founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros, is sponsoring a popular series of lectures called Talking About Race. The lectures, presented at the Enoch Pratt Library's Central Library, have been delving into the nuanced and complex issue of race and its impact in our community. The speaker on Tuesday, October 27th will be Dr. Elizabeth Nix, an assistant professor in the Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies at the University of Baltimore, and one of the members of the steering committee of Baltimore ’68: Riots and Rebirth, a project that examined the causes and effects of the riots that took place here and across the country following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April of 1968. Dr. Nix joins host Tom Hall for a conversation about the history of racial segregation in Baltimore and the seeds of this spring's unrest.
The University of Baltimore is also, in the aftermath of the riot and uprising following the death of Freddie Gray, offering a course on Monday nights that is open to the public called Divided Baltimore. The course explores the roots of the problems that led to the violence here last April, and solutions to those problems. It’s held Monday evenings at 5:30 in the University of Baltimore Town Hall on Maryland Avenue, and it also streams live on the web.