Portland State of Mind: An Evening with Lawrence Lanahan in Conversation with Dr. Lisa Bates
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:30pm to Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 8:00pm
Portland State of Mind: An Evening with Lawrence Lanahan in Conversation with Dr. Lisa Bates

What: An Evening with Lawrence Lanahan in Conversation with Dr. Lisa Bates

When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), room 294, 1825 SW Broadway

Cost: Free and open to the public. Register here.

Contact: Teresa Niedermeyer,, 503-725-4488

Author Lawrence Lanahan discusses The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide, a narrative chronicle of segregation and inequality in Freddie Gray’s Baltimore. In an era when politics are pushing Americans apart, Lawrence offers a sobering and thought-provoking reflection on how America might dismantle structural racism and white supremacy. Joining Lawrence in this discussion will be Dr. Lisa Bates, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at PSU.

The Lines Between Us is a riveting narrative that compels reflection on America’s entrenched inequality—and on where the rubber meets the road not in the abstract, but in our own backyards. Taking readers from church sermons to community meetings to public hearings to protests to the Supreme Court to the death of Freddie Gray, Lanahan deftly exposes the intricacy of Baltimore’s hypersegregation through the stories of ordinary people living it, shaping it, and fighting it, day in and day out.

Book available from The New Press.

Lawrence Lanahan is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has appeared on Colorlines, NPR’s Morning Edition, and Al-Jazeera America, among other outlets. His fifty-episode series for Baltimore’s public radio station WYPR, also called The Lines Between Us, won Columbia University’s duPont Award. A recipient of the Carey Institute’s Logan Nonfiction Fellowship, Lanahan grew up in the Baltimore region and has lived for many years in the city of Baltimore, where he has reported on the dynamics of segregation and racial inequality for more than a decade.
Dr. Lisa Bates studies how economic policy, institutionalized racism, and human perception contribute to housing inequities. Dr. Bates, who is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Director of the Center for Urban Studies, works with local government and community organizations to strategize planning, policy, and programmatic responses to displacement. Her research focuses on social justice in housing policy design and implementation, as well as how  neighborhoods and housing submarkets change over time and in response to investment. 

This event is hosted by PSU’s Office of the President

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