Urban Science Lecture Series: Britt Rusert and Whitney Battle-Baptiste



The fourth part of the Fall 2020 Urban Science Lecture Series featuring Britt Rusert and Whitney Battle-Baptiste, who led a discussion of their work on W.E.B Du Bois’s Data Portraits.

The colorful charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition by famed sociologist and black rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois offered a view into the lives of black Americans, conveying a literal and figurative representation of “the color line.” From advances in education to the lingering effects of slavery, these prophetic infographics—beautiful in design and powerful in content—make visible a wide spectrum of black experience.

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