Teach-Ins: Living Legacies of White Supremacy at UTD and Beyond - History, Holidays, Monuments, and Memory

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 11:30 a.m.
Venue: Online
Admission: Free
Season: 2019-2020

Update: The first event will be rescheduled. Technical difficulties with Microsoft Teams caused issues this morning.

The first two conversations in the series will happen on July 23. Each session will close with action items that participants can draw on to continue the work on campus and in the broader community.

July 23, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: History, Holidays, Monuments, and Memory

Dr. George Keaton, the founder and president of Remembering Black Dallas, will speak about the movement against racist monuments in Dallas.
Dr. Sharron Conrad, a recent PhD graduate from UTD will speak on how black Americans have used history to resist racism.
Dr. Ben Wright, assistant professor of History at UTD will historicize the Confederacy and Juneteenth, explaining why the latter is worthy of celebration and the former is not.

July 23, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: White Supremacy, Merit Scholarships, and UT Dallas

This is the second session in the teach-in series organized around the theme of "Living Legacies of White Supremacy at UTD and Beyond." This conversation will focus on merit scholarships at UTD and the ways that colorblindness sustains racial inequities on campus.

Moderator: Samee Ahmad (Eugene McDermott Scholars Program Alumnus)

Ruqiya Barreh (Eugene McDermott Scholar)
Kia Jackson (UT Dallas Psychology Student)
Peggy Larney (Founder, American Indian Heritage Day in Texas)
Katy Washington, JD, PhD (Director, UNT Office of Disability Access)
André Watson (ESL and AP Biology Teacher, L.V. Berkner High School and STEM Academy)

Inspired by student outrage and global anti-racist activism, faculty, staff, and students have organized a series of teach-ins organized around the theme of "Living Legacies of White Supremacy at UTD and Beyond."

This series of conversations will bring together faculty, staff, students, and community leaders to interrogate the living legacies of white supremacy on campus and throughout Dallas. Sessions will also highlight the justice work of people who are mobilizing to resist and unmake these living legacies on campus and our surrounding community. Each session will close with action items for attendees to develop their own justice practices in their everyday lives. This series recognizes and seeks to demonstrate solidarity with the initiatives that faculty and students across campus are organizing around these issues.

The organizers gratefully acknowledge the School of the Arts and Humanities for its sponsorship, as well as the staff of the Gender Center and the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement for their contributions of time, labor, and vision.

For more information contact:
Arts and Performance Office
[email protected]