JHU Forums on Race in America

Our ongoing discussion on race and racism and their effect on American Culture

Johns Hopkins students, faculty, and staff, and the wider Baltimore community are engaged in important discussions about racial inequality and deep divisions that exist in our society. In classrooms, workplaces, and public spaces, they are expressing pain and frustration about the products of institutionalized racism: police brutality, mass incarceration, separate and unequal schools, and an ever-growing wealth gap between black and white Americans.

In spring 2015, turmoil in U.S. cities including Baltimore turned a spotlight on issues of race and racism. Those events lent urgency to the JHU Forums on Race in America, which were just being launched to support an open, thoughtful, and informed community conversation. More than a year later, we have welcomed five exciting guest speakers and engaged thousands of audience members in person and online.

In keeping with our commitment to diversity, community service, inclusion, and academic freedom, we are continuing the forums this academic year with a dynamic lineup of guests. We hope you will join us.

Click here for details on our last events in the JHU Forums on Race in America series.

Next Event

Carl Hart

"Drug Policy is Race Policy"
April 18, 2017
7 p.m.
Mason Hall Auditorium (Homewood Campus)
This event is open to the public but registration is required: 

This event is open to the public but registration is required.

Carl Hart is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. Dr. Hart’s research focuses on the impact drugs have on the brain. He will discuss why he believes that U.S. drug policy does not take into account the scientific research and is based instead on assumptions that support racial discrimination.

He has published nearly 100 scientific articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology and is co-author of the textbook Drugs, Society and Human Behavior with Charles Ksir. His most recent book, “High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society,” was the 2014 winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.   

The public can view a live stream of the talk at https://hub.jhu.edu/hopkins-race-forum-live/.


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