Race, Student Activism and Responsible Speech: Critical Issues on the College Campus

June 13, 2017

The organizers of this Fall 2016 series of events are professors from the Departments of African American and African Diaspora Studies (Tara T. Green), Anthropology (Robert Anemone), and Sociology (Shelly Brown-Jeffy), and we invite the participation of all students interested in learning and sharing their knowledge about these Critical Issues on the College Campus.  A public Canvas org has been established to house resources. 10-15 undergraduate and graduate students willing to commit to participating in all three sessions will constitute the core group and will receive copies of Claudia Rankine’s book. Self-enroll into the Canvas org!

We envision that the following activities will occur during these meetings.

  1. September 9, 2016 Pecky Cypress Room (Alumni House) 12-1:30:
    “White Privilege and the Black Experience.” We will have our first meeting for all students interested in contributing to the planning and execution of this semester’s activities followed by a discussion of the notion of White Privilege and how it affects us on campuses and in the larger world beyond our campus.  Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. Robert Anemone will moderate this dialogue.
  2. October 11, 2016 5:00-6:15 pm
    Room: Curry 225 (Auditorium)
    Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University, African and African American Studies) will speak on race relations on NC campuses. Tara T. Green will moderate the question and answer dialogue following the talk.
  3. November 15: “Race, Gender, Identity, and (In)visibility” 12:30
    Room: 186 Stone Building
    Students will read Claudia Rankine’s Citizen (National Book Award Finalist), a lyric essay that delves into her perspective on daily interactions with colleagues and fellow citizens. The latter part of her work directly addresses police brutality and injustice. Students will be asked to bring responses to the text. These may be in the form of poems, journal entries, video blogs, etc.
    Shelly Brown-Jeffy will moderate this session.
    An excerpt of her work has been uploaded to the Canvas Ashby org and is now available