Tale of Two Cities: Documenting Our Divides

In Tale of Two Cities: Documenting Our Divides, students from across the University engaged with individuals and organizations to create documentary videos that capture the immediacy of the current historical moment. Students in disciplines from anthropology to art learned techniques of digital filmmaking while also exploring history, theory, and community engagement. Over the course of the semester, each student developed a biopic to tell their own story, delving into their own experiences and voice. Students also selected a community organization to work with closely, conducting interviews and recording footage of on-the-ground events, addressing the efforts to combat modern segregation in St. Louis.

First offered in fall 2015, students in Tale of Two Cities have covered efforts in public health, community development, and education, diving deeply into the experiences of individuals.

Participating students in fall 2016 included:
Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam
Alberto De La Rosa
Jules Rader
Peter Schneider
Terri Williams
Ron Young


Ferguson Youth Initiative
St. Louis Effort for AIDS
Urban Strategies
Disruption Department
Center for Social Empowerment


The course is supported by a faculty seed grant from The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation.