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Several campus events will explore topics of race, social justice in America

Mar. 5, 2015

Prompted in part by recent tragedies in Ferguson, Mo.; Staten Island, N.Y.; and Cleveland, Ohio, among others, the Diversity Committee in the Department of History has partnered with other IU departments to host a campus-community forum that examines the historical roots and current incidences of state-sanctioned violence against black people in America.

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"It's Not So Black and White: Talking Race, From Ferguson to Bloomington" takes place 7 to 9 p.m., March 26 in the Alumni Hall of the Indiana Memorial Union.

“We believe it is important, given the protest movements that are sweeping the nation, for IU students, faculty, staff and residents of the city of Bloomington to engage in active learning opportunities that engender dialogue, foster understanding, highlight issues that are causing friction here at home and initiate strategies and solutions that will implement real change on our campus, in our city and across the nation,” said Amrita Myers, associate professor in the Department of History.

"It's Not So Black and White: Talking Race, From Ferguson to Bloomington" will be from 7 to 9 p.m. March 26 in the IMU's Alumni Hall. The event will also be live-streamed online.

The committee has partnered with Union Board; the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs; the Office of First Year Experience; the School of Education; and others to host the event. 

Panelists will be Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, assistant professor in department of criminal justice; 10th Circuit Judge Valeri Haughton; and William Jelani Cobb, professor, author and journalist from the University of Connecticut.

During the event panelists will also take questions and comments from the audience. A Justice Fair will also take place next door in the solarium, allowing organizations and groups involved in social justice work to provide information about their groups.

The panel discussion is one of multiple events happening in March and April on campus to explore the topic of race and social justice in America.

“We thought it was important to also use the March 26 forum as a place for students and residents of Bloomington to connect and learn about each other’s social justice initiatives and interest,” Myers said. “We hope that campus/community interactions at the Justice Fair will initiate strategies and solutions that will implement real change on our campus, in our city and across the nation.”

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