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Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary is a weekly lecture series presenting preeminent scholars, thought leaders, and public intellectuals to guide our community through topics necessary to an understanding of systemic racism and racial justice. Below is a selection of recordings from the series. Our speakers share an unambiguous commitment and offer a variety of areas of expertise. They do not all share a uniform view of history, of the present moment, or of the way forward.

The goal for these talks is to provide an entry point into the complex set of challenges we face, and help provide intellectual and moral building blocks to begin the transformative work of anti-racism in our communities.


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October 30, 2020

"Voting Rights"

The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.

82nd Attorney General of the United States (2009-2015) and Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

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Anti-Racist Musts: The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Slavery by Another Name, Douglas A. Blackmon

The Second Founding, Eric Foner

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October 23, 2020

"Health Inequity"

Dr. Rhea Boyd

Director of Strategy and Equity, California Children's Trust

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Anti-Racist Musts: Dr. Rhea Boyd

"Schools: To Open or Not to Open? That Is Not the Question.", article in The Nation by Dr. Rhea Boyd

Medical Apartheid, Harriet A. Washington

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, Monique W. Morris

Killing the Black Body, Dorothy E. Roberts

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October 16, 2020

"Allyship"

Austin Channing Brown

Author, I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

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Anti-Racist Musts: Austin Channing Brown

Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire

Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde

The Next Question, web series by Austin Channing Brown

Eyes on the Prize, documentary from PBS American Experience

The 1619 Project, podcast by Nikole Hannah Jones

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October 9, 2020

"Housing Segregation"

Richard Rothstein

Economic Policy Institute

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Anti-Racist Musts: Richard Rothstein

Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America, Conor Dougherty

Sundown Towns, James Loewen

Caste, Isabel Wilkerson

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

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October 2, 2020

"Monuments"

Erika Doss

University of Notre Dame

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Anti-Racist Musts: Erika Doss

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, Mitch Landrieu

“Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy”, Southern Poverty Law Center

Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America, Erika Doss

Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory, Owen J. Dwyer & Derek K. Alderman

What Can and Can’t Be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South, Dell Upton

Confederate Exceptionalism: Civil War Myth and Memory in the 21st Century, Nicole Maurantonio

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September 25, 2020

"Flint"

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Director, Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Public Health Initiative and Author, What the Eyes Don't See

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Anti-Racist Musts: Mona Hanna-Attisha

What the Eyes Don’t See, Mona Hanna-Attisha

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson

Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom, David White

There There, Tommy Orange

A Long Petal of the Sea, Isabel Allende

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September 18, 2020

"Racial Wealth Gap"

Mehrsa Baradaran

University of California Irvine and Author, The Color of Money

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Anti-Racist Musts: Mehrsa Baradaran

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin

The Soul of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois

Beloved, Toni Morrison

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September 11, 2020

"Islamophobia"

Dalia Mogahed

Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

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Anti-Racist Musts: Dalia Mogahed

"Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think", John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed

 "Islamophobia is Made Up" , Dalia Mogahed

"Countering the Islamophobia Industry", The Carter Center

TED Interview with Dalia Mogahed on Islam in the World Today

TED Talk: What It's Like to Be Muslim in America

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September 4, 2020

"Tulsa"

James Goodwin

The Oklahoma Eagle

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Anti-Racist Musts: James Goodwin

Death in a Promised Land, Scott Ellsworth

Untangling a Red, White, and Black Heritage, Darnella Davis

Black Wall Street, Hannibal Johnson

The Burning, Tim Madigan

Tulsa 1921: Reporting a Massacre, Randy Krehbiel

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August 28, 2020

"1619 Project/Reparations"

Nikole Hannah-Jones

The New York Times Magazine

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Anti-Racist Musts: Nikole Hannah-Jones

The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson

"Fear of a Black President," essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates

O.J.: Made in America, documentary series, Ezra Edelman

Nice White Parents, podcast, The New York Times, hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt

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August 21, 2020

"Anti-Racism as a Moral Imperative"

Archbishop Wilton Gregory

Archdiocese of Washington

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Anti-Racist Musts: Archbishop Wilton Gregory

The History of Black Catholics in the United States, Cyprian Davis

The US Catholic Historian, Vol. 5, 1986 “The Black Catholic Experience” and Vol. 7, 1988 “The Black Catholic Community”

Film: Amistad, directed by Steven Spielberg

Sr. Thea Bowman, Speech to US Catholic Bishops, 1989

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