JHU Forums on Race in America: Past Events

April 30, 2015

The inaugural JHU Forums on Race in America event was held on April 30, 2015 in Shriver Hall on the Homewood Campus. The event featured a discussion between three of the nation’s leading scholars on race: Ta-Nehisi CoatesThe Atlantic National Correspondent, Dr. Nathan Connolly, JHU Assistant Professor of History, and Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, JHU Associate Professor of Mental Health. We encourage you to read Ta-Nehisi Coates' Atlantic article, The Case for Reparations and start the conversation with #jhuraceinamerica. A recording of the forum can be found on the Johns Hopkins UStream channel. 

October 28, 2015

Charles Blow, an op-ed columnist at The New York Times known for tackling hot-button issues in society and politics led the second event in JHU Forums on Race in America series.

Speaking to an audience of Johns Hopkins community members and guests at Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus, the talk he led along with Johns Hopkins University political science and Africana studies professor Lester Spence touched on issues like police brutality, urban hypocrisy, and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. He also shared perspectives formed during his boyhood in a small Louisiana town where the vestiges of slavery never vanished. Prior to the forum, Mr. Blow led a roundtable for students in the Writing Seminars, who were selected through an essay submission. 

Read more about the event on the HUB.


December 2, 2015

Dawn Porter is the founder of Trilogy films and director/producer of Gideon’s Army, a feature-length documentary film that follows three public defenders working in the deep South as they struggle with long hours, low pay, and overwhelming caseloads. Gideon’s Army, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO that summer, has received numerous recognitions and awards, including the Nation Institute’s Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize.

Read more about the event on the HUB.

February 2, 2016

The JHU Forums on Race in America continued with guest speaker Angela Davis, an activist and scholar who has spent four decades working for racial and economic equality. The event received an overwhelming response, selling out within the first hour.

Read more about the event on the HUB.

April 27, 2016

Bree Newsome is a community organizer and activist who became a touchstone of empowerment for disenfranchised people when she scaled the 30-foot flagpole in front of the South Carolina statehouse in 2015 and tore down the Confederate flag. Currently, she works as a western field organizer for IgniteNC, a project of the Southern Vision Alliance and she is a founding member of Tribe, a grassroots organizing collective dedicated to empowering underserved communities in Charlotte, NC. 

Read more about the event on the HUB.

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