JHU Forums on Race in America

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

The Forums on Race in America were established in spring 2015 to inform and expand the discussions that were ongoing in the university’s classrooms, workplaces, and public spaces: discussions about racial equality, divisions in our society, and the toll of institutionalized racism. The series began with urgency at a time when turmoil in U.S. cities, including Baltimore, was shining a light on these issues. Since then, the forums have built on that awareness to engage thousands of audience members in person and online on topics such as race and drug policy, intersectionality and activism, Latino identity, and black social justice movements.

In the 2017-18 academic year, the forums will bring more fascinating guest speakers to the Homewood campus. The offices and organizations that sponsor the series are pleased to continue the community dialogue as we pursue our commitment to diversity, community service, inclusion, and academic freedom. Please join us.

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

Next Event

A Moderated Conversation with April Ryan

Race, Politics, and the Changing Face of Journalism
September 12, 2017
7 p.m.
Location Mudd Hall, Room 26
A reception will precede the event at 6 p.m.

April Ryan, a 30-year journalism veteran, has been the White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January of 1997. As host of the daily feature “The White House Report,” which is broadcast to AURN’s nearly 300 radio affiliates, and through her blog “Fabric of America,” Ryan delivers her audiences a unique urban and minority perspective in news.

When she comes to Johns Hopkins, she will describe what it is like to be on the front lines of reporting, from her seat in the White House briefing room to the winding corridors of our country's urban and rural communities. Ryan will also talk about the fast-paced culture of news gathering at a time when the rapidly changing profession seems under siege by a wary public struggling to decipher what is real and what is "fake" news.

Ryan, a Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate, is the author of the best- selling book The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents, which won an NAACP Image Award. She is one of only three African Americans to serve on the board of the White House Correspondents Association in that organization’s 100-year history. In April 2017, Ryan signed on as a political analyst with CNN and in May she was named 2017’s “Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists.

This event is open to the public. No registration is required.

View a live stream of the talk at https://hub.jhu.edu/hopkins-race-forum-live/.


  • Center for Africana Studies
  • Diversity Leadership Council
  • Black Student Union
  • Black Faculty and Staff Association
  • Latino Alliance
  • Office of Institutional Equity
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Student Affairs
  • The Office of the President
  • The Office of the Provost