PNW Race, Racism, Anti-Racism Series

PNW anti-racism series logo is pictured.

Since the brutal killing of George Floyd, millions of people (Americans and others) were shocked and outraged. Hundreds of protests were held in cities 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 opened up a national dialogue that continues despite the conviction and sentencing of Derek Chauvin.

In 2020, PNW faculty offered Race, Racism, Anti-Racism, a free educational faculty-driven series, with discussions reflecting on these recent events and social movements.

In 2021-2022, we continue this series, dedicating it to the spirit and memory of Mr. Glen Ford (1949-2021), journalist and co-founder of Black Agenda Report, who passed away in an untimely manner on July 28, 2021. We owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Ford for being our first guest speaker for this series in September of 2020.

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2021-2022 Speakers

September 28, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

The Origins and Future of Critical Race Theory

Lee Artz and Patrick Anderson are pictured.Lee B. Artz, Ph.D., Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Center for Global Studies at PNW (left) with Patrick Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Philosophy, Central State University, Dayton, OH, and Contributor: Mint Press News and Black Agenda Report.

Beginning with an overview of the work of Derrick Bell, the “father of critical theory,” Peterson introduces a robust intellectual and political history of critical race theory as racial realism. Working from a Black radical tradition and anti-colonialism, Peterson offers a critique of intersectionality as an idealist, liberal iteration of critical race theory.

Hybrid: In-Person and Synchronous Zoom

Room: Y Jean Chambers Hall, SULB, Hammond

October 20, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Implications of Race and Racism in Student Evaluations of Teaching: The Hate U Give

LaVada Taylor BrandonLaVada U. Taylor, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education at PNW with other author-panelists.

Implications of Race and Racism in Student Evaluations of Teaching: The Hate U Give highlights practices in higher education such as using student course evaluations of teaching to inform merit increases, contract renewals, and promotion and tenure decisions. The collection deconstructs student course feedback to reveal implications of race and racism inherent in student responses mirroring learned behavior situated within the socio-political context of US culture and schools.

Learned behavior fostering racial hate given to students informing and shaping their classroom experiences with BIPOC faculty. To this end, the work speaks to systemic racial inequality in higher education learning spaces and possibilities of reimagining student evaluations as a cry for a more just and equitable society.

Hybrid: In-Person and Synchronous Zoom

Room: SUL 150F

NOVEMBER 2, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Princes of Peace and Ethics of Protest: Gandhi, King, Dalai Lama, Mandela

PNW Professors Karen Bishop Morris (left) and Deepa Majumdar (right)

Karen B. Morris, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English at PNW with Deepa Majumdar, D.S.Sc., Professor of Philosophy at PNW.

We begin this dialogue by asking why political protest must be ethical. We continue by discussing political enmity, the moral imperative of nonviolence, and the difference between strategies and moral ideals or guiding principles – asserting that strategic thinking should never degenerate to mere expediency.

We take turns to present Gandhi, King, Dalai Lama, and Mandela – four recent princes of peace, who represent flares of Conscience in what might otherwise be a murky history of revolution. All four combine religion with protest politics – but at a high level.

At lower levels, church and state should be separate because religion and politics explode whenever they mix. But, at a higher level religion uplifts and ennobles protest politics – as these luminaries demonstrate.

The nonviolence they practiced and the moral altitude they reached may not always be feasible. But this does not reduce their relevance or take away from their glory. For they represent the horizon of ideals that mankind should always aspire towards.

Synchronous Zoom

November 30, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

“Who is hurt by racism? You might be surprised to find out….”

Alan J. SpectorAlan J. Spector, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Center for Global Studies at PNW.

Racial discrimination and racist ideas are a reality in US society. Many people are confused about who is responsible. Many white people who don’t consider themselves “racist” nevertheless imagine themselves forced into a competition with members of other race-ethnic groups. Heather McGhee and other researchers over the past fifty years have challenged this “Zero Sum” framework with evidence examining just what happens to the living conditions of white people when People of Color experience more discrimination or less discrimination. These issues will be explored in this forum.

Synchronous Zoom

Past Speakers

Unheard Voices Of Protest

Three leaders of protests against racism and police violence engaged in a roundtable discussion about how they are strategically and tactically challenging racist practices in the US. Aislinn Pulley (Chicago Black Lives Matter), Jae Yates (Twin Cities Coalition for Justice) and Missie Summers (Porter County BLM) led a panel conversation hosted by PNW professor of media studies Lee Artz.

Health, Equity and Communities of Color

On World Cancer Day, associate professor of English Karen Bishop-Morris talks with Tranece Artis (Executive Director, Laini Fluellen Charities), Shari McKinley (Engagement Supervisor, ACCESS Community Health) and Rachel Nagengast (ACCESS Cancer Education Program Specialist).

Race, Gender and the 2020 Election

Nadia E. Brown, associate professor of political science, Purdue West Lafayette, assesses the nation’s commitment to democratic ideals, focusing on the inclusion and exclusion of minoritized groups during the 2020 election, especially Black women voters and candidates.

The 1619 Project and the Summer of 2020

With reference to The 1619 Project marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of slave ships in Virginia, the impact of British colonialism in Africa and also the protests and riots during the summer of 2020, PNW professor Mita Choudhury will provide a historical overview of systemic racism, institutional bias and prejudice, and the weak guard rails of “western civilization.”

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

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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)

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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

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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?

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

PNW’s ‘Race’ Discussion Looks Ahead To Next Steps in Social Justice Movement

La Porte County Herald-Dispatch
Black Lives Matter, Other Protest Groups Seeking To Be Heard Again

La Porte County Herald-Dispatch
Purdue Professor Says Voter Restrictions Not Second Coming of Jim Crow, Just a Continuation

Chicago Tribune
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Herald Dispatch
Purdue Northwest Faculty Members Hope to Combat Racism Through Education

Purdue Professor, Exonerated Gary Man Set To Discuss Race and Wrongful Convictions

Herald Dispatch
Championing a Transformation of Society to Fight Racism

Herald Dispatch
How the Media Can Reframe a Protest is Next Topic of Purdue Series on Racism

Herald Dispatch
Lies, Distortions, Misinformation

US News & World Report
Wrongfully Convicted Indiana Man Seeking Justice Reform

Series Coordinator

Deepa Majumdar

Deepa Majumdar, D.S.Sc.

Professor, Philosophy

(219) 785-5693

Series Moderator

Karen Bishop Morris

Karen Bishop-Morris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

(219) 989-3176

Classroom Office Building 256