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Date: July 9, 2020 - August 6, 2020 | 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm EDT

Location:  Virtual Zoom meeting
615 Chapel Drive
Durham, North Carolina  27708
United States


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Join us for a special, six-part virtual conversation series on race and inequity in America. Partnering with Duke Black Alumni (DBA), the Department of African and African American Studies (AAAS), and Duke’s world-class faculty, we will explore topics at the intersection of economics, public policy, government, sociology, culture and more during this pivotal time in U.S. history.

Thursday, July 2: "The Fire Next Time - A Conversation about Race and Justice in America" led by by Professor Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies and Chair of the AAAS Department, and Professor Adriane Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor of History. The recording from this lecture is available here

Thursday, July 9: "Wealth and the Black Middle Class" led by Professor Sandy Darity, the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. The recording of this lecture is available here

Thursday, July 16: "The Color Codes - When and Where They Matter" led by Professor Karla Holloway, the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor Emerita of English and Professor Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies and Chair of the AAAS Department. The discussion will dive deep into the historical and contemporary role of colorism in various institutions. The recording of this lecture is available here

Thursday, July 23: "Race, Protest, and Sports" featuring Grant Hill '94, Reggie Love '05, and Lindsey Harding '07 in conversation with Professor Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies and Chair of the AAAS Department. The discussion will center on the continued role that sports and athletes have played in the fight for justice. The recording of this lecture is available here

Thursday, July 30: "African Responses to COVID-19: Precaution Rather than Mitigation in the Effort at Collective Care" featuring Professor Anne-Maria Makhulu, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African & African American Studies. The fifth lecture will explore the variety of ways that African countries have handled the worldwide pandemic. The recording of this lecture is available here

Thursday, August 6: "The Power of Protest Music" featuring Professor Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies and Chair of the AAAS Department, and Professor Anthony Kelley, Associate Professor of the Practice of Music. The last installment of the series will delve into the historical and contemporary role that protest music has played in the fight for justice. The recording of this lecture is available here

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to learn, ask questions and find partners in the journey ahead. We look forward to having you join us.

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