St. Louis Community Tours

Understanding What We See: A St. Louis Tour with Professor Bob Hansman

Community Bus Tours cross geographic, temporal, and disciplinary borders, touching on architecture, planning, law, health, transportation, building technology, economics, education, history, and other systems, both visible and invisible. Tours look at the structural systems within which people must make their personal decisions. Join Gephardt Institute Community Engagement Faculty Fellow Professor Bob Hansman on a tour of the complexities of St. Louis, uncovering the racial, socio-cultural, and political context of St. Louis city and county, including the north county city of Ferguson. Visit a number of significant areas in the St. Louis region, showing the present and explaining the past in each place, and gradually drawing a larger picture that connects across time and space: how the past created this present, how this place relates to that one; and how the entirety creates a picture of a city divided against itself, a city still struggling to deal with (or even recognize, or admit to) its history and continuation of racial injustice.

 

“After the events of the summer of 2014, many who had already taken this tour said that, looking back, this tour all but predicted what happened in Ferguson – even though many of us were surprised that it happened there,” Prof. Hansman says. “So, although the events of the summer have given a very specific relevance and “frame” to the tour, the content has always been about the Divided City, and why it happened, and what to expect if nothing is done.”

 

10.16.2015--STL bus tour for new faculty of St. Louis lead by Prof. Bob Hansman. Photo by Joe Angeles/WUSTL Photos

STL tour for new faculty led by Prof. Bob Hansman.

All Spring 2018 Open Enrollment Tours Are Full

We apologize for the inconvenience. We will offer addition tours in the Fall 2018 semester.

Tours are open to anyone unless otherwise specified. For more information about Community Bus Tours, visit our Resources page.

Sign up for a Fall 2018 Tour Today. If you would like to receive a notification when the Spring 2019 dates are finalized and sign-ups open, please use the RSVP below:

Tour Day Date Time
FALL
Meet St. Louis presentation Thursday August 30 6pm – 8pm
Open Enrollment Tuesday September 25 9am-12pm
Open Enrollment Wednesday October 5 12pm-4pm
New Faculty Tour Saturday October 20 10am-2pm
Parents Weekend* Saturday October 27 1-5pm
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SPRING
Open Enrollment TBD TBD TBD
Open Enrollment TBD TBD TBD
Alumni Weekend** TBD TBD TBD
Open Enrollment TBD TBD TBD
 Open Enrollment TBD TBD TBD
RSVP Today! 

*Parents and their students will be able to sign up for the Parents Weekend tour through the First Year Center’s website.

**Alumni will be able to sign up for the Alumni Weekend tour through the Alumni and Development website,

https://alumni.wustl.edu/reunions/thurtene/Pages/default.aspx , by visiting the Reunion webpage and sign up for “WashU Engage St. Louis: The Other St. Louis.”

NOTE: Meet St. Louis is a program for incoming first year students. This presentation is designed for program participants and volunteers.

 

Visit our Bus Tour Resources webpage

 

A key to a powerful Community Bus Tour experience is an open mind and thoughtful preparation.This is an opportunity to explore yourself, your city, and your relationship with one another. As Bob notes:

“Call it St. Louis in context, as each part contextualizes the others and allows you to see connections, not just isolated, anecdotal incidents and destinations.Call it, as well, the realities of St. Louis, plural. As much as many of us would like to simplify the complex, and make it about our own lens, there are no one-liners to any of this, no single-discipline answers. One of the subtexts, then, becomes how to talk with people outside our skill set and value system and profession in order to come up with something that has meaning and effectiveness in the real world.”

Contact Tim Dugan, Community Engagement Manager, with questions.