New course uncovers “shades of gray’ in Little Rock neighborhoods

Days before fall break, Dr. Kristin Mann, associate professor in the UALR Department of History, is standing next to a giant overhead slide outlining a map of vacant homes that cuts a swath across the city.

“And what is this long empty space here?” she asks a crowd of about 30 students, as she points to a light-colored ribbon of space that weaves its way through the map of Little Rock like a ghostly snake.

“Railroad tracks,” correctly responds one of the students.

 

Mann and her colleagues, Dr. Stacy Moak of the Department of Criminal Justice and Dr. Laura Amrhein of the Department of Art, are using an interdisciplinary approach this semester to engage students enrolled in a new course on neighborhood studies at UALR.

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