All events are free and open to the public. The “Conversations on Race” series is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Office of the President at Boston University.

Spring 2018

Tue., Mar. 20 | 6—7:30 PM 
Stealing Culture: The Complicated Politics of Cultural Appropriation
Special Guest: Dr. Adrienne Keene, Asst. Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University
Panelists: Dr. Saida Grundy, Asst. Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Boston University; Dr. Joseph Rezek, Associate Professor of English, Boston University; Dr. Takeo Rivera, Asst. Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Boston University
Student-Led Forum and Panel Discussion on Race
Location: BU Photonics Center, Rm. 206, 8 St. Mary’s Street

Fall 2017

Tues., Oct. 3, 6:00-7:30pm
Linked Fates, Forming Ranks: How Can Solidarity Make Us Stronger?  REGISTER HERE!
The striking re-emergence of Nazi symbols and language in Charlottesville, the string of nooses and other offensive symbols found in every region of the U.S., administrative decisions that impact Muslins, immigrants, and other marginalized groups, as well as the coming together of multiple minority protest coalitions in Washington DC, Ferguson, Missouri, Boston, Massachusetts, and elsewhere, represent the urgency of this political and cultural moment. This conversation is a call to open up lines of communication and address these issues on our campus and in our local community.
Location: PHO 206, Photonics Building, 8 St. Mary’s Street

Thurs., Oct 5th, 6:30-8:30 PM
National Identity & Multiculturalism in Contemporary Italy  
Featuring: Fred Kuwornu
, Film Director
You can find more information about this event here.
Co-sponsored by The Center of the Study of Europe and Romance Studies Italian Section, and part of the “Conversations on Race” series. Location: BU Photonics Center, 8 Mary’s St. Room 206

We’re working on creating more events for the upcoming academic year.

Spring 2017

Tue., March 21, 6:00 PM 
Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing
Professor James Waller, Keene State College

Tue., March 28, 5:00 PM
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America 
WBUR Broadcast is here.
Professor Ibram Kendi
, University of Florida

Mon., April 24, 5:30 PM
Images of Africa and the History of Race in America
A panel discussion featuring Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University with discussants, Professor Linda Heywood, Boston University and Professor John Thornton, Boston University.

Fall 2016

Tue., Nov 1, 5 – 6:30 pm
Racing to the Top: Black Voters and the 2016 Election
Featuring: Leah Wright Rigueur
, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School 
Co-sponsored by the BU History Department and part of the “Conversations on Race” series. 

Wed., Nov 9, 5:30 pm 
The Legacies of Jim Crow: Race, Recognition, and the Making of the Modern University
Jonathan Holloway
Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies , Yale University
Event Video Here

Mon. Dec. 5, 5 pm-6:30 pm
Black Lives Matter: From Conflict to Healing – a panel discussion
Keith Magee, Director, Social Justice Institute, Visiting Researcher, Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies
Hank Knight, Director, Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College
Pamela Lightsey, Associate Dean, Boston University School of Theology
Simon Payaslian, Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature, Dept of History, Boston University
Desiré Hinkson, (CFA ’18), BU African American Studies Program minor
Event video here.