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The Fall 2015 Friday Forum lecture series presents

Uncovering the Reality of Racial Injustice in the U.S.

"Breaking Down Racism" will explore how young people in America of different backgrounds experience race, ethnicity, and racism today.  The series will continue in the spring with highlighting specific tools, campaigns, and changes necessary to combat racism and break down the institutional barriers to equality faced by communities of color.  

Fall 2015 Friday Forum Lecture Series Schedule:

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. You can download the 11x17 series poster here.

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
The Border Crossed Us”: Rhetorics of Borders, Citizenship, and Latina/o Identity
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
Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension 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

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

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
Internationalization at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Nicole Lamers, International Education Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIllinois on the experience of international students on the University of Illinois campus

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

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.

Sponsors :
To be listed soon...
If you are interested in sponsoring the Fall 2015 Friday Forum lecture series, please visit the Friday Forum Sponsorship page here.

Questions? Contact Kasey at 217-337-1500 or at



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