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Campus Dialogues about Ferguson


The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, have sparked protests and national discussions about racism, racial profiling and policing in the United States.   African American and Diaspora Studies and the Vanderbilt NAACP are sponsoring campus dialogues about these issues in the coming months.

The Vanderbilt NAACP will present Black Lives Matter: A Remembrance and Reflection of the Lives Lost to Police Violence at 7:00PM on Monday, September 8, in the Commons Multipurpose Room.  The program is co-sponsored by the Black Student Alliance and the Nu Rho chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Food will be served.

The Department of African American and Diaspora Studies has organized a series of programs on the theme of Activism and Social Justice in “Post-Racial” America: A Dialogue in Three Parts.  The Bishop Joseph Johnson Center and Office of the Dean of Students are series co-sponsors.

The first panel, “A Nation of Cowards” and the Question of Progress will be held at 4:30PM on Wednesday, September 10, in Buttrick 101.  The panel will be moderated by Dr. Tiffany Ruby Paterson, Department s of African American and Diaspora Studies and History.  The panel will feature David Ikard, Department of English and Director of Africana Studies, University of Miami; Paul Lim, Divinity School and Chair of the Faculty Senate, Vanderbilt University; and Tracy Shipley-whiting, Departments of African American and Diaspora Studies and French, Vanderbilt University.

The second program, Racism without Racists: Racial Profiling, Police Bias, and Racial Inequality – Ferguson, New York, Sanford, Oakland, Touchstones for Dialogue will be presented by Philip Atiba Goff, Department of Social Psychology, UCLA and Visiting Professor at the Kennedy School of Harvard University.  The program will be held from 12:00-2:00PM on Wednesday, October 15, in Buttrick 101.

The third program, Organizing and Campus Politics is sponsored by Sankofa, Fellows of African American and Diaspora Studies.  The program will feature representatives from several student organizations and will be moderated by Gilman Whiting, Department of African American and Diaspora Studies and the Peabody School of Education.  Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Location TBA.