As the United States continues to struggle with record deficits and a weak economy, a debate is unfolding about the utility of public institutions. There are growing concerns that many long-standing community resources have somehow faltered in their missions of service and education. Increasingly, public higher education faces criticism that it is inaccessible, unaffordable, and uninterested in contributing to the greater good. At the same time, the public is firm in its belief that universities “have the answers” to many of our most pressing problems. In undertaking a close study of what happened to its home city in 1968, the University of Baltimore did not lay claim to any answers. This was a true exploration—of the facts, the emotions, the scars, and the healing that have marked the four decades since those dark days of violence and chaos. UB knew it could play a key role in uncovering this hidden history, and it well exceeded its public mandate as a repository of information and ideas. Now, more than a year later, we are seen in new and exciting ways, and we continue to help the people of Baltimore learn how to live together.
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