400 Years of Inequality: Breaking the Cycle of Systemic Racism

Friday, October 18, 2019

8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

breakfast (doors open), 8 a.m.

Hiebert Lounge
72 East Concord Street
Boston

Please Register

Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided

#400YearsofInequality

Cohosted with the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, the Museum of African American History, and the Activist Lab


EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

A History of Resistance



Who’s at the Table?



Moral Architects



Bold Ideas to Close Wealth Gaps



This day is a part of a national movement by schools of public health to engage in the observance of “400 Years of Inequality,” marking 400 years since a group of 20 Africans were first sold in bondage in Jamestown, Virginia. This Dean’s Symposium aims to use this anniversary to discuss how we can disrupt systemic racism, with forward-looking and solution-driven discussions.

Agenda

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
BREAKFAST AND INFORMAL GREETINGS

8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.
OPENING REMARKS
Sandro Galea (@sandrogalea)

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Harold Cox

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health


8:35 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Marita Rivero

Executive Director, Museum of African American History


8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Cornell William Brooks

Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice, Harvard Kennedy School


9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
TOPIC ONE: HOUSING
Naa Oyo A. Kwate

Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Professor of Human Ecology, Rutgers University

sade adeeyo

Senior Case Manager, So Others Might Eat (SOME)

Beth Shinn

Professor, Vanderbilt, Peabody College

Sheila Savannah

Managing Director, Prevention Institute

Ruby Mendenhall

Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work, University of Illinois

Moderator: Harold Cox

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences


10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
BREAK

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Neera Tanden

President and CEO, Center for American Progress


11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
TOPIC TWO: EDUCATION
Sherman James

Professor Emeritus, Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy

Elmira Mangum

CEO, EMPLUS LLC; Former President, Florida A&M University

Linda Greene

Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Alana Anderson

Director of Programs, Diversity and Inclusion, Boston University

Moderator: Yvette Cozier

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Boston University School of Public Health


12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
400 YEARS: THE MOVEMENT
Bob Fullilove

Associate Dean, Community and Minority Affairs, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health


12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
LUNCH

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
ACTIVIST LAB ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: PERFORMANCE AND DIALOGUE
Rhodessa Jones

Co-Artistic Director, Cultural Odyssey/Director, THE MEDEA PROJECT/Artist in Residence, Boston University School of Public Health Activist Lab

The capstone of her residency, Rhodessa Jones will perform several vignettes from her repertoire to explore and expand on the themes discussed throughout the day and guide an interactive discussion with the audience.