For the past few weeks, events in Ferguson, Missouri have prompted many debates over what can or should be done to ease tensions in this suburb of St Louis. But Bob Hansman, a professor at the Washington University in St Louis, is taking a different approach: understanding it first. This interview with Hansman, originally published on the Washington University in St Louis Newsroom, unearths a few of the issues that have made some areas of St Louis so severely dispossessed. It’s 10am, and Bob Hansman is on a bus addressing students, brandishing a St. Louis guidebook like a prosecutor at trial. “Today isn’t this,” he growls. “Get ready.” Discover more about the work of Hansman after the break. Since the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the eyes of the world have turned to the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Hansman, associate professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis — and one of the area’s most prominent community activists — is passionate about the case but has avoided the surrounding violence and media spectacle.
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