PNW Race, Racism, Anti-Racism Series

PNW anti-racism series logo is pictured.Since the brutal killing of George Floyd, millions of Americans and people in other countries have been shocked and outraged. Hundreds of protests have been held in cities large and small across America – perhaps the largest demonstrations against racism since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Urgent questions about inequality, racial discrimination and police violence have opened up a national dialogue.

Engage with us in faculty-driven discussion as we reflect on these recent events and social movements.

Fall 2020 Series

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How to Talk About Race in the 21st Century

What is the global context for race? What is the connection between race and colonialism? How can we understand individual and systemic racism?

Presentation with Q&A
Monday, November 30, 2:00-3:15 PM

Kim Scipes, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology, PNW

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The Series Continues in Spring 2021

This popular series continues into the spring with talks surrounding race and gender, #BlackLivesMatter and more. Register now to reserve your spot!

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Lee Artz

Save The Date - Lee Artz Panel

January 2021
Date and Time To be Announced

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What Breast Cancer Teaches Us About Health Equity for Communities of Color

Presentation and discussion with three panelists: Tranece Artis, Executive Director, Laini Fluellen Charities; Maria Perez, Coordinator of Women’s Health Outreach; Rachel Nagengast, Cancer Education Program Specialist.

Interview with Q&A
Thursday, February 4 (World Cancer Day), 12:30-1:45 PM

Karen B. Morris
Associate Professor, English

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Race and Gender and the Outcome of the 2020 Election

Presentation and discussion with Q&A portion by Lee Artz.

Interview with Q&A
Tuesday, March 23, 12:30-1:45 PM

Nadia E. Brown
Associate Professor, Political Science, Purdue West Lafayette

Mita Choudhury

The 1619 Project # Summer of 2020

Presentation and discussion.

Monday, April 19, 12:30-1:45 PM

Mita Choudhury
Professor, English

Past Speakers

The Return of Black-Led Grassroots Politics

What are the structures and practices of racism in the US? How do protests, defunding police, and removing statues address inequality? What do protests accomplish?

Glen Ford
Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report, a leading independent Black journal

Race and Wrongful Convictions

How is the criminal justice system racially biased? What practices by police and courts express and affect race inequality? What actions might challenge wrongful convictions?

Nicky Jackson, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, PNW ) with Roosevelt Glenn (Author and Exoneree)

Media Framing and the Politics of Racism

How do media frame police violence and protests? How do media promote politician reforms and silence black voices for systemic change? How do media represent race relations?

Lee Artz, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication, PNW

Series Coordinator

Deepa Majumdar

Deepa Majumdar, D.S.Sc.

Professor, Philosophy

(219) 785-5693

Series Moderator

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Karen Bishop-Morris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

(219) 989-3176

Classroom Office Building 256

Series Abstracts

Kim Scipes, How to Talk About Race in the 21st Century

There is undoubtedly more confusion, more obfuscation, and more outright lying about the subject of race than any other subject in contemporary US life. To begin with, there is only one race, the human race—there is no black, brown, red, yellow, or white race. To talk about “race” coherently, we need to recognize our African heritage, and the role of colonialism and white supremacy in world history. We also need to understand its role in social control: “race” is a social construction by the economically and politically powerful, and skin color, facial structure, hair texture, the slanting of the eyes, etc., all have sociological implications that affect each of us, albeit differentially. Immigration status, too, has social implications. How do we sort all of this information out? This talk will conclude with a discussion of contemporary racial discrimination in the US, distinguishing individual from institutional racism.