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“Race on Trial”:  A Symposium on Constructing Identity in the Black Community to be Held Sept. 26

Posted Sep. 23, 2013

Race, gender and social justice will be the topic of a symposium at Kent State University on Sept. 26 that will bring together Northeast Ohio academics and social justice leaders. The event will be held from 5-9 p.m. at the second floor lecture hall in Ritchie Hall, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. 

Rhonda Williams, Ph.D., associate professor of history and director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University, will give the keynote address titled “Evidence of Things Done: Race in the 21st Century.” There also will be a panel discussion and action workshop.

The symposium is co-hosted by Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies and the Way of Mind and Body (WOMB) Community Center.

Invited panelists include:

  • Ishmail Al-Amin, community organizer and instructor at Kent State
  • Denise Harrison, instructor, Department of English and Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State 
  • Richard Serpe, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Sociology, Kent State

Action workshop organizers include:

  • DaMareo Cooper, lead organizer, Stand Up for Ohio
  • Amaha Salassie, community organizer

Ritchie Hall is located at 225 Terrace Drive on the Kent Campus. Visitor parking is available at the Kent Student Center visitor lot on Summit Street. 

For more information about the event, contact Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies at 330-672-2300.