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Race, Democracy and Public Policy in America: From LBJ's Great Society to Barack Obama and Black Lives Matter - February 8-9

Event Details

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 11:30am - Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 7:30pm

The LBJ School of Public Affairs
2315 Red River. St Bass Lecture Hall
Austin, TX 78712

The University of Texas at Austin has established The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, which will host its inaugural national conference, “Race, Democracy and Public Policy in America,” February 8-9 in Austin.

The two-day conference at the LBJ School will bring together nationally recognized scholars, activists and students to analyze race, democracy and public policy from LBJ’s Great Society to the Age of Barack Obama and Black Lives Matter.

The conference exemplifies the scholarly activities that will form the core of the mission of CSRD: seeking to lead a public conversation about the very meaning of racial, social and political justice; and being a source for expert scholarly and research opinions on race and democracy.

“Race and democracy stand at the core of America’s national identity, ongoing political evolution, and democratic experiment,” said UT’s LBJ School and History Professor Peniel Joseph, Founding Director of the CSRD. “The inaugural conference will endeavor to draw on contributions of policy experts, scholars, activists, thought leaders and intellectuals to inform and stimulate the public conversation on the intersection between race and democracy in politics, culture, economics and society.”

Keynote Speaker Charlayne Hunter-GaultThe conference will feature keynote addresses by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, award-winning journalist and civil rights activist; and Yohuru Williams, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University and author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven. Scholars from across the country, including a number of UT Austin faculty members, will participate in the two-day conference.

Keynote Speaker Yohuru WilliamsPanel topics will include "From Selma to Ferguson: Grassroots Activism from the Meredith March to Black Lives Matter," "The Great Society Then and Now: Reimagining the Racial Justice and Public Policy Legacies of the 1960s," "The Civil Rights Movement and Public Policy in the 21st Century," "The Color of Change: Racial Justice, Public Policy, and Grassroots Activism in Obama’s America," "Reimagining American Democracy and Racial Justice: Civil Rights in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Ferguson and Black Lives Matter," and "Bridging America’s Racial and Policy Divide."

For a photo wrapup of the conference, visit our Flickr page.

 

Conference Schedule

Monday, February 8, 2016

11:00 AM - Doors Open

11:45 AM - Welcome
Peniel Joseph, Professor and Founding Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, LBJ School of Public Affairs and Professor, Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin​; Angela Evans, Dean, LBJ School of Public Affairs

12:15 - 1:15 PM - Day 1 Keynote: "Dreams Realized, Dreams Deferred: Our Journey Towards a More Perfect Union"
Charlayne Hunter Gault, Award Winning Journalist and Civil Rights Activist

1:15 - 2:45 PM - "From Selma to Ferguson: Grassroots Activism from the Meredith March to Black Lives Matter"
Stefan Bradley, Associate Professor, Saint Louis University; Salamishah Tillet, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania; Yohuru Williams, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History, Fairfield University

2:45 - 3:00 PM - Break

3:00 - 4:30 PM - "The Great Society Then and Now: Reimagining the Racial Justice and Public Policy Legacies of the 1960s"
Peniel Joseph, Professor and Founding Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, LBJ School of Public Affairs and Professor, Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin; Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy, The University of Texas at Austin; Bob Wilson, Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin; Leah Wright Riguer, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Break

5:30 - 7:30 PM - Evening Public Forum: "The Civil Rights Movement and Public Policy in the 21st Century"
Peniel Joseph, Professor and Founding Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, LBJ School of Public Affairs and Professor, Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin; Leonard Moore, Professor, Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin; Charlayne Hunter Gault, Award Winning Journalist and Civil Rights Activist

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

11:30 AM - Doors Open

12:00 PM - Welcome
Peniel Joseph, Professor and Founding Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, LBJ School of Public Affairs and Professor, Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin​

12:15 - 1:15 PM - Day 2 Keynote
Yohuru Williams, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History, Fairfield University

1:15 - 2:45 PM - "The Color of Change: Racial Justice, Public Policy, and Grassroots Activism in Obama’s America"
Daina Ramey Berry, Associate Professor, History Department, The University of Texas at Austin; Kali Gross, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) and Associate Chair of AADS, The University of Texas at Austin; Brandon Terry, Assistant Professor, African and African American Studies and Social Studies, Harvard University

2:45 - 3:00 PM - Break

3:00 - 4:30 PM - "Reimagining American Democracy and Racial Justice: Civil Rights in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Ferguson and Black Lives Matter"
Ed Dorn, Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin; Elizabeth Hinton, Assistant Professor in the Department History and the Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University; Peniel Joseph, Professor and Founding Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, LBJ School of Public Affairs and Professor, Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin; Laurence Ralph, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Departments of Anthropology and African and African American Studies, Harvard University

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Break

5:30 - 7:30 PM - Evening Public Forum: "Bridging America’s Racial and Policy Divide"
Elizabeth Hinton, Assistant Professor in the Department History and the Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University; Charlayne Hunter Gault, Award Winning Journalist and Civil Rights Activist; Laurence Ralph, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Departments of Anthropology and African and African American Studies, Harvard University 

For more information visit: csrdconference.eventbrite.com.