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BREAKING DOWN RACISM:
Fighting for Racial Justice in the U.S.

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The Spring 2016 Friday Forum lecture series, "Breaking Down Racism, Fighting Racial Injustice In the U.S." will build on the Fall 2015 series by highlighting specific tools, campaigns, and changes necessary to combat racism and break down the institutional barriers to equality.


While the Fall series focused on deepening understanding of how young people in America of different backgrounds experience race, ethnicity, and racism today, the Spring series offers our audience opportunities to learn how tofight back against those inequalities.

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Spring 2016 Friday Forum Lecture Series Schedule:

All Friday Forum lectures are at 12:00pm at the University YMCA in Latzer Hall, unless otherwise noted (*see February 19)

January 29
Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.)
Tamar Manasseh, Chicago Activist and Founder of M.A.S.K.
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February 5
#SayHerName: Toward a Gender Inclusive Movement for Racial Justice
Dr. Brittney Cooper, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective
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February 12
Panel on Local Efforts for Racial Justice
With Aaron Ammons, Evelyn Reynolds, and Marlon Mitchell
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February 19: Opal Tometi, Co-Founder of the National Black Lives Matter Movement Visits C-U
AGENDA:

-A Conversation with Opal Tometi at 12:00pm
*Located at:
Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL
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-Post-Lecture Lunch Reception with Opal Tometi (by registration only) at 1:30pm
Located at:
University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL
Tickets are available for purchase at universityymca.org/blacklivesmatter or by calling 217-337-1500.
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For more information about Opal Tometi's visit in Champaign-Urbana, please read the public service announcement here.

February 26
Reclaiming OUR Narrative | How History Can Inform Policy, the Change, the Future
Pete Haviland-Eduah, National Policy and Communications Director for Million Hoodies Movement for Justice
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March 4
Police and Youth Relations, Bridging the Divide
Eddie Bocanegra, YMCA of Metro Chicago
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March 11
The History of African American School Achievement in the 20th Century
Dr. Lorenzo Baber, Associate Professor of the College of Education at Iowa State University
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April 1
Complicity and Reconciliation
Dr. Teresa Barnes, Associate Professor of History, Gender and Women's Studies, Center for African Studies and Assistant Professor of Center for Global Studies
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Our generous sponsors of the Spring 2016 Friday Forum Lecure Series are:
Anne Robin, Atmospheric Science, Black Lives Matter: Champaign-Urbana, Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Center for African Studies, a National Resource Center under the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI Program, Central Black Student Union, Channing Murray Foundation, The Chapel of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Counseling Center, C-U AAUW, Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, Diversity and Social Justice Education, First Mennonite Church, First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, Friedman Law Group, LTD, Human Development and Family Studies, League of Women Voters of Champaign County, LGBT Resource Center, McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, New Covenant Fellowship, Prairie Research Institute, The School of Social Work, Social Action Committee of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois Speech and Hearing Science Department, UC Books to Prisoners, Urbana-Champaign Friends Meeting, Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois, Wesley United Methodist Church, YWCA of the University of Illinois. Funded by SORF.

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Fall 2015 Friday Forum Lecture Series Schedule:

September 18
Black Mothers in the “Hidden America”: Effects of Discriminatory and Unequal Housing
Dr. Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor of Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work, UIllinois

September 25
What It Means to Be White
Dr. Monica McDermott, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois and author of Working Class White: The Making and Unmaking of Race Relations

October 2
Border Crisis, Immigration Policy, and Rhetorics of Citizenship
Dr. J. David Cisneros, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and affiliate faculty in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies and the Center for Writing Studies

October 9
Police Violence, Confederate Flags, and Sundown Towns: The [Often] Hidden Dimensions of American Racism
James Loewen, Author and Adjunct Professor of African American Studies, University of Illinois

October 16
The History of African American School Achievement in the 20th Century
Dr. James Anderson, Department Head and Gutgsell Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

*Tuesday, October 20
Film screening of:
The Whole Gritty City
at the Art Theater Cooperative
126 W. Church Street in Champaign, IL
Time: 7:30pm

October 23
Can you YouTube save Asian America?
Vincent N. Pham, Assistant Professor of Communication, California State University-San Marcos

[Cancelled. Rescheduled for Spring 2016] October 30
#SayHerName: Toward a Gender Inclusive Movement for Racial Justice
Dr. Brittney Cooper, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective

November 6
Race Relations in the Classroom: Racial Microaggressions at the University of Illinois
Dr. Stacy Harwood, Associate Professor of Urban & Regional Planning Urban & Regional Planning Dept, University of Illinois

November 13
Intersections of Diversity and Internationalization
Dr. Nicole Lamers, International Education Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

November 20
Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Activism and American Indian Racial Injustice
Jamie Singson, Director of the Native American House at the University of Illinois

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About: All Friday Forum events, unless otherwise noted, are at 12 Noon in the Y's Latzer Hall, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL. All Friday Forum lectures and events are free and open to the public. Friday Forum has been a program for over 80 years at the University YMCA, continually adapting to the times while remaining committed to providing talks that address topics of relevance and urgency in our society.

Our generous sponsors of the Fall 2015 Friday Forum lecture series are:

ACES Deanís Office - College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Asian American Cultural Center, Atmospheric Sciences, Channing-Murray Foundation, The Chapel of Saint John the Divine Episcopal Church, Central Illinois Jobs with Justice, Counseling Center, College of Education, Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, Education Justice Project, First Mennonite Church, College of Education, McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Prairie Research Institute, Social Action Committee of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, Urbana Baha'i Community, Urbana Champaign Friends Meeting, Wesley United Methodist Church, Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois, Westminster Presbyterian Church, YWCA of the University of Illinois.

 

Questions? Contact Kasey at 217-337-1500 or at kasey@universityymca.org

 

 

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