“History Is The Most Compelling Evidence Police Cannot Be Reformed”: Third UHA Panel Imagines an Abolitionist Future

Last night concluded the Urban History Association’s trio of virtual panels in response to the recent wave of Black-led urban uprisings against racist police brutality and renewed conversation about defunding and abolishing police. The Metropole’s Disciplining the City editors Matthew Guariglia and Charlotte Rosen moderated a discussion with historians Johanna Fernández, Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Marisol […]

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Uprisings don’t create “backlash,” “backlash” is the DNA of America: Second UHA Panel Discusses Urban Unrest from 1943 to Today

🔥🔥🔥🔥@UrbanHistoryA panel on Urban Uprisings and Racist Police Terror in Historical Context with @Prof_Suddler @AustinMcCoy3 @mfkantor and @hthompsn with @CharlotteERosen and @mguariglia moderating pic.twitter.com/UbY4A6pqTw — Marisol LeBrón (@marisollebron) July 8, 2020 In 1973, Detroit’s Stevie Wonder released Innervisions, a groove-filled album that was simultaneously joyous, sharp-eyed, and steely. In its third track “Living for the […]

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UHA Summer 2020 Virtual Roundtables on Race, Policing and Abolition

 Conversations on Race, Policing, and Abolition Although the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade triggered a recent wave of Black-led urban uprisings against racist police brutality, these uprisings, and the police repression that has been unleashed in response, are not unique to this moment. Drawing on a long legacy of abolitionist […]

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Join our team! Volunteer to Edit the Member of the Week Series

The Member of the Week series has been a cornerstone of The Metropole since its founding in April 2017. Over the past three years, the series has introduced over 90 Urban History Association members and given them a platform to share their work, interests, advice, travel suggestions, and even hobbies. As The Metropole has grown, the […]

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A Statement From the UHA Board Regarding George Floyd

Colleagues, George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer was a horrifying illustration of the pattern of deadly police violence against Black people. In a widely circulated video, the world watched him plead for air, and witnessed the brutal indifference of the officer kneeling on his neck. Like the killing of Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, […]

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A Letter from the UHA About Our 2020 Conference

April 6, 2020 Urban History Association members and friends: I am so sorry to intrude on what is already a stressful time of online teaching, staying inside, and making sure we all stay healthy. I write because I have an important update to share: As a result of the uncertainly resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, […]

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It’s That Time Again: Submissions for UHA Awards Are Now Open!

via GIPHY   If you are an urban scholar who put a book, article, or dissertation out into the world in 2019, we encourage you to check out the Jackson, Hirsch, and Katz awards and consider applying. The selection criteria for all awards is the same: significance, originality, quality of research, sophistication of methodology, clarity […]

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UHA Announces Exec Director Transition

The UHA Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of long-time UHA member Hope Shannon to the position of UHA Executive Director effective May 11, 2020. Hope will serve as interim director, replacing current Executive Director Peter Siskind, whose university administrative duties require him to step down in advance of his term’s end. […]

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Taking a Step Towards Sustainability in 2020

We’ve been thinking long and hard here at The Metropole and the Urban History Association about how to sustain the blog in a way that honors and rewards all of the hard work that our editors and contributors currently do as volunteers. In 2019, we had over 50,000 visitors to the site (an increase of […]

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Grad Students: The UHA Has Travel Funding for Detroit 2020!

We are but a mere ten months (give or take) away from UHA 2020. In anticipation of the conference to be held in Detroit from October 8-11, 2020, The Metropole is featuring Detroit as our Metro of the Month for January. You can see our MotM posts for Detroit here. We encourage all urbanists to […]

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