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February 9, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Robin F. Bachin discussing Engaging Place, Engaging Practices


February 9, 2023
7:00 pm


zArchive2-Books & Books Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States
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Books & Books presents…


with an introduction by

Michael Liu


Engaging Place, Engaging Practices: Urban History and Campus-Community Partnerships (History and the Public)

(Temple Univ. Press, $27.95)

Thursday, February 9, 7 PM | LIVE & IN-PERSON at Books & Books, Coral Gables

Signing to follow the conversation 


Books & Books is delighted to present an evening with the Founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement and Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History at the University of Miami, Robin F. Bachin discussing her book: Engaging Place, Engaging Practices: Urban History and Campus-Community Partnerships (History and the Public)  (Temple Univ. Press, $27.95). Special introduction by Michael Liu, Miami-Dade director of public housing.

***Please note: This event will take place at the Books & Books in Coral Gables at 265 Aragon Ave.

Refreshments and light bites are open to all in the Books & Books courtyard, at 6:30 PM, hosted by Miami’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement.

About the Book:

Colleges and universities in urban centers have often leveraged their locales to appeal to students while also taking a more active role in addressing local challenges. They embrace civic engagement, support service-learning, tailor courses to local needs, and even provide university-community collaborations such as lab schools and innovation hubs. Engaging Place, Engaging Practices highlights the significant role the academy, in general, and urban history, in particular, can play in fostering these critical connections.

The editors and contributors to this volume address topics ranging from historical injustices and affordable housing and land use to climate change planning and the emergence of digital humanities. These case studies reveal the intricate components of a city’s history and how they provide context and promote a sense of cultural belonging.

This timely book appreciates and emphasizes the critical role universities must play as intentional—and humble—partners in addressing the past, present, and future challenges facing cities through democratic community engagement.




About the Author:

Robin F. Bachin is the Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, and Founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of Miami. Her research and teaching interests include universities and community engagement, the history of urban planning and design, and the intersections of urban and environmental history. She is the author of Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 (2004) and “Big Bosses:” A Working Girl’s Memoir of Jazz Age America (2016). Bachin is Project Director for the Miami Housing Solutions Lab, member of the Aspen Institute Working Group on Inclusive Innovation in America’s Cities, Past President of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, and serves on the National Advisory Board for Imagining America.

About the Introducer:

Michael Liu is Director of the Miami-Dade County Public Housing and Community Development Department and previously served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing in the U.S Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD).