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Past Event Videos

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SIS Global to Local: Climate Justice


October 22, 2020: Prof. Malini Ranganathan moderated a session on climate justice with four noted activists and advocates of environmental justice:

  • Dr. Adrienne Hollis, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
  • Ms. Jacqui Patterson, Senior Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program of the NAACP.
  • Ms. Vernice Miller-Travis, Executive Vice-President for Environment and Sustainability of the Metropolitan Group and is also co-founder of WEACT for Environmental Justice, West Harlem.
  • Ms. Rhonda Hamilton, Ward 6 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for the District of Columbia.

Nourishing Black Futures


September 30, 2020: What does food justice have to do with achieving maternal health equity in the US? Why are food justice and maternal health justice both necessary to help Black mothers and families thrive? The AU Antiracist Research & Policy Center hosted a panel discussion with scholars and activists on how we nourish Black futures through food and maternal health justice. Panelists discussed the state of Black maternal health in the US, the role of food systems and environments in shaping Black maternal health, and what an antiracist approach to food justice would need to look like to sustain Black mothers and families.

Panelists were

  • Dr. Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at University of California,Irvine
  • Ebony Marcelle, Director of Midwifery at Community of Hope
  • Dr. Ashanté Reese, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Beverley Wheeler, Director, D.C. Hunger Solutions

Moderated by Dr. Jessica Owens-Young, Assistant Professor, American University

Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework


September 23 , 2020: In collaboration with the Ethnographies of Empire Faculty Cluster at the School of International Service (SIS), the SIS Office of Research, and the SIS PhD program, the ARPC hosted Dr. K. Melchor Quick Hall for a talk on her recent book "Writing in Darkness: Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework."

Joined by

  • SIS Dean Christine Chin
  • Professor Rachel Watkins
  • Professor Randolph Persaud
  • Prrofessor Garrett Graddy-Lovelace
  • Professor Jordana Matlon

A Convening on Racial Equity in Education


August 19, 2020: American University's Antiracist Research and Policy Center is proud to present Empowering Educators: A Convening on Racial Equity in Education, sponsored by First Book and Pizza Hut.

The live event took place via Zoom Webinar, serving over 7,000 educators across the globe. The recording has been made available for free, to continue to support educators and teaching professionals in having effective, courageous conversations about race and social justice.

Time stamps:
00:00:00 | Opening Remarks
00:14:00 | Session One: Practical & Actionable Guidance for Educators
01:12:55 | Keynote: Teaching Humanity with Jason Reynolds
02:29:33 | 5-Minute Break
02:33:24 | Session Two: The Importance of Antiracist Teaching
03:46:26 | Closing Remarks

Download the Guidebook

The Empowering Educators Website and Guidebook

Resources Mentioned During the Webinar

Book Recommendations:

  • “Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing our Realities” Edited by Edward C. Valandra, Waŋbli Wapȟáha Hokšíla
  • “Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools” by Amanda E. Lewis, John B. Diamond

Antiracism and Decoloniality in Humanities


July 22, 2020: Faculty panelists discuss antiracist and decolonial imperatives in the humanities; how these imperatives intersect with other critical frameworks; and how to build such a program across the arts, literature, history, and critical social sciences at AU.

Panelists included:

  • Lily Wong, CAS
  • Marcelo Bohrt, SIS
  • Eileen Findlay, CAS
  • Jordanna Matlon, SIS
  • Sarah Trembath, CAS
  • Theresa Runstedtler, CAS
  • Sybil Williams, CAS
Day of Service in Rendville, Ohio, with the Rendville Historic Preservation Society and the Southeast Ohio History Center. Mia Owens works with a Rendville resident to digitize documents and photographs. Credit: Ohio History Service Corps.

Fellowship Created for Studying History of Slavery in Washington, D.C.

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AU’s Antiracism Center Hosts “Nourishing Black Futures” Event

Panelists discuss how to set an antiracist agenda on food justice and Black maternal health.

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