Seminars

  • Founded
    2001
  • Seminar Number
    689

This Seminar addresses the legacy of slavery in the western hemisphere, focusing on African-American slavery in the United States.  Presenters and discussants participate in dialogue on the history of slavery, its neurobehavioral and cultural underpinnings, the social, economic, and political factors facilitating ongoing racism and inequities, and the consequences for ancestors of enslaved peoples and enslaving peoples in the modern world.  Members of this seminar include anthropologists, clergy, historians, neuroscientists, psychologists, sociologists, and other scholars and guests who share an interest in learning from the collective memories of slavery, determining what must be done to heal the wounds left behind by slavery, and determining how to move toward equitable and healthy societies in which all peoples can thrive.


Co-Chairs
Professor Emily Anderson
eanderson6@msn.com

Dr. John Delfs
john@goodwolf.org

Rapporteur
Isaac Sekyi Nana Mensah
im2586@columbia.edu


All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020-2021 academic year. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Meeting Schedule

10/08/2020 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
Race War: The Trump Administration's Weaponization of Critical Race Theory
Kendall Thomas, Columbia University




11/12/2020 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
Race and Public Health
Philip Alcabes, Hunter College, CUNY




12/08/2020 Online Meeting
7:00 PM
James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
Eddie S. Glaude, Princeton University




Notes: Joint meeting with the Seminars on Innovation in Education (511) and Ethics, Moral Education, and Society (585).
01/21/2021 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
Participant Discussion of Issues raised by Professors Kendall Thomas, Philip Alcabes, and Eddie Glaude
Moderators:, Emily Anderson, John Delfs, and Sid Greenfield
Abstract

Abstract

Professors Thomas, Alcabes, and Glaude in our October, November, and December Seminar presentations, respectively. As starting questions relative to each of these presentations, please consider the following:



(Thomas - Critical Race Theory): What factors, policies and practices within the education system contribute to and sustain the racist telling of American History? How can the educational establishment – and our society at large – facilitate a more honest, and ultimately more healing, narrative?



(Alcabes – Race and Public Health): The differences both in rates of infection and in outcomes such as death, physical disability, mental health, and financial hardship in the COVID-19 pandemic highlight dramatic disparities between white communities and communities of color. Given this increased awareness, what should be done to achieve a more effective and just approach to public health in the United States?



(Glaude – Begin Again/James Baldwin's America): Discussion of overall presentation with attention to two Baldwin's quotes:

"In this debasement and definition of Black people, White people have debased and defined themselves."
"Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be ab





02/11/2021 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
TBA
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03/11/2021 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
Architecture, Memorials and Public Memory
Jha D Williams, MASS Design Group




04/08/2021 Online Meeting
7:00 PM
Confronting Culturally-Learned Racism: A Conversation
Cornel West, Harvard University

Donald Shriver, Union Theological Seminary



05/13/2021 Online Meeting
1:00 PM
Religious Resistance to Neoliberalism: Womanist and Black Feminist Perspectives
Keri Day, Princeton Theological Seminary