Calendar of Events

Apr 20th

Redlining Series – Opportunity: Inclusive Development and Wealth Creation Inside the Redline


Wednesday, April 20, 5:30pm




On April 27th, 2015, Baltimore experienced its worst civil unrest in over forty years. Though images of fire and destruction often punctuated national media coverage, the unrest raised issues of persistent inequality and racial discrimination to the forefront of local and national discourse. A year later, the 21st Century Cities Initiative at Johns Hopkins University seeks to host a series of community conversations to reflect on the historical and contextual origins of this unrest. This is “Redlining,” a place to reflect and act on the geographies of exclusion in Baltimore City.


The “Redlining” series aims to expose and interrogate the institutional past and present of segregation in Baltimore City. It will launch a future-focused conversation about systems of inequality reproduced by segregation, and the ways American cities might disrupt these systems. It will provide a platform for an intellectual conversation about timely social issues, and put forth a call for better research about the real and metaphoric exclusion of Redlining. The series will bring together academics, civil servants, community organizations, and local artists and musicians to start a conversation about what exclusions means to Baltimore, and what we as a community can do to address it.


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Apr 17th

American Jews and the Early Birth Control Movement

Sunday, April 17th at 1:00 pm

Speaker Melissa Klapper, Rowan University

Included with admission


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Goldman cartoon 

The American Jewish community showed deep interest in the birth control movement of the first few decades of the twentieth century.  Jewish women were “early adopters” of contraception and notable activists for the cause, as well as playing a significant role as doctors and nurses.  Despite a healthy internal debate over the religious, ethical, and social, and medical ramifications, overall American Jewish culture supported the early birth control movement in ways that empowered Jewish women and influenced the shape of Jewish family life for generations to follow.

Apr 17th – May 19

On Display: The Sanctity of Others

The Sanctity of Others

Photographs by Jeremy Kargon and Poems by Zackary Sholem Berger


From the Artist:

In the summer of 2012, I had the good fortune to visit Istanbul, a center of world politics for almost 1700 years. The city is also famous, of course, for its religious monuments. Since its founding as the capital of the first Christian empire, Istanbul (then Constantinople) has been the site of diverse religious enthusiasms, each vying for patronage or protection according to the fluctuating circumstances of power, wealth, and demographics. The city’s material record, including buildings and monuments, is outstandingly intact. In a related fashion, Istanbul’s spiritual record is acutely legible to residents and visitors alike.

Not surprisingly, the amazing diversity of Istanbul’s religious history challenges everyone’s own religious identity: to be Christian in the seat of Muslim power, to be Muslim among (until recently) a Christian majority, or to be Jewish in the residual spaces between those larger communities. Religious belief appears to exist in relation to others’ beliefs – to understanding of them, partial or full; to accommodation of them, genuine or tactical; or to rejection of them, in the traditionally exclusive spirit of all three Abrahamic faiths, not to mention secularism. Theologians of all stripes demand their audience’s full spiritual focus, but Istanbul (more than other cities) inspires spiritual diffraction.

Asked plainly, what does one “see” when one experiences the holy site of a faith not one’s own? How can one experience the “sanctity” of another? Can we perceive others’ religious faith in the materials, colors, and acoustics of their environments? Can we sense foreign spiritual aspiration in the weight of stone or loft of space? Do we measure others’ beliefs against our own, or do we exclude one or the other in our ecumenicalism? For a secular person, do these questions even matter?

These questions are different but related. They lie at the core of multicultural sensitivity and, more importantly, civic coexistence. This is as true abroad as in Maryland, where the British colonies’ second religious toleration act was passed in 1649 (and revoked in 1654). To live together we may need not shared beliefs but a common willingness to see ourselves and others with openness. But categorical observations about faith – about our own or about others’ – are rarely mutually satisfying. Accordingly, this modest exhibit explores such themes elliptically, through allusive words and fragmentary images. In complementary ways, Dr. Zackary Berger and I have hoped to illustrate (with healthy self-consciousness) the Sanctity of Others.

— Jeremy Kargon, April 2016