Talk by Andrea Roberts- Curating Freedom: Making Hidden Black Publics Visible With Descendant Communities

Locations: Campbell Hall (School of Architecture)

Andrea Roberts, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Faculty Fellow with the Center for Heritage Conservation and the Institute for Sustainable Communities at Texas A&M University as well as founder of The Texas Freedom Colonies Project, a research and social justice initiative documenting African American’s placemaking history and their contemporary planning practices and challenges. Roberts’s critical scholarship aims to diversify planning history, expose promising replicable grassroots preservation practices, and amplify minority communities’ concerns in policy arenas. She has written about social justice, intersectionality, and historic preservation for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, rural Black women’s placemaking in The Journal of Planning History, and the role of storytelling among grassroots preservationists for the Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage. Current projects include a book about Black historic preservation practice and an interactive, statewide Black settlement Atlas. Most recently, Roberts was an Emerging Scholar Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) School of Architecture where she also earned a Ph.D. in community and regional planning. In addition to her Ph.D., Roberts holds an M.A. in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in political science from Vassar College.

The Sara Shallenberger Brown Cultural Landscapes and Sites Initiative Endowment supports innovative interdisciplinary research and teaching at the University of Virginia related to the study, design and preservation of cultural landscapes and sites. It affords UVA students and faculty opportunities to develop new research methods and design approaches for critically and creatively engaging with ordinary and extraordinary landscapes in Virginia and beyond. It strives to catalyze new intellectual and creative communities across UVA Grounds and UVA generations linking students, faculty and expert professionals; to disseminate the work of UVA community to the broader public; and to propel UVA as a global leader in cultural landscape theory, scholarship and practice.

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