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Monday, November 16, 2020
Raising our voices Series
Raising our Voices on Race and Racism Two Part Lecture Series and Community Discussion
PART I: Thursday, November 19th from 4-5 pm PART II: Monday, November 30th from 4-5 pm Virtual via Zoom, Free and Open to the Public REGISTER AT: https://forms.gle/QkZobyEPXYRatYBw7
Part I: Defining Race and Racism: Institutionalization and Experience (Thursday, November 19th, 4-5 pm)
Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism: U.S., India, Sri Lanka, Holocaust, and Today Dr. Douglas Allen, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
Affirmative Action for White People Dr. Amy Fried, Professor of Political Science
The Deception of Invisibility Dr. Judith Josiah-Martin, Faculty in the School of Social Work
Part II: Confronting Racism: Historical Reckonings and Contemporary Reforms (Monday, November 30th, 4-5 pm)
The Doctrine of Christian Discovery Underpinning European Colonization John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Committee on Indian Relations, Episcopal Diocese of Maine
The Penobscot Nation, Territorial Takings, and the State of Maine Dr. Darren Ranco, Professor of Anthropology & Chair of Native American Programs Chelsea Fairbank, PhD candidate in Anthropology & Environmental Policy
Racism and the Environment: Learning from Local Efforts for Institutional Change and Environmental Justice Dr. Bridie McGreavy, Associate Professor of Environmental Communication Dr. Darren Ranco, Professor of Anthropology & Chair of Native American Programs Nolan Altvater, McGillicuddy Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow
The Fall 2020 Raising our Voices on Race and Racism two-part series is supported by Native American Programs, The McGillicuddy Humanities Center, The School of Social Work and the Departments of Anthropology, Philosophy, Communications and Journalism, and Political Science. For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raising our Voices on Race and Racism Part I Thursday, November 19th from 4-5 pm Virtual via Zoom, Free and Open to the Public REGISTER AT: https://forms.gle/QkZobyEPXYRatYBw7
Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism: U.S., India, Sri Lanka, Holocaust, and Today Dr. Douglas Allen , Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Maine What is race and how is it related to racism and anti-racism? In the U.S., that question usually elicits a simple response: Race is biological and is defined by skin color. Nevertheless, examples from throughout the world show that responses to that question are open-ended, complex, and must be contextualized. For example, there are skin-color dimensions to Indian racialized discourse, seen in inherited caste and lighter-skinned superiority, defined by Aryan socialization and British colonialism. This talk will also analyze perplexing racial constructions in Sri Lanka amidst the violent civil war, as "different race" was defined linguistically, and constructions of race and racism related to antisemitism, Nazi ideology, and the Holocaust genocide of Jews that had little to do with skin color. What relations express anti-racism today?
Affirmative Action for White People Dr. Amy Fried , Professor of Political Science, University of Maine Who gets helped by the government? Focusing on research on a set of well-known, very popular policies — Social Security and the post-World War II G.I. Bill — this lecture will discuss how their design constituted what scholar Ira Katznelson calls "affirmative action for whites." A key reason why these policies were designed in this way was the political power of the white South as part of the New Deal coalition. In contrast, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, almost immediately caused changes in health care delivery although racialized health disparities certainly remain. Policies often seen as racially neutral often are not, and policy designs are related to patterns of race and political power.
The Deception of Invisibility Dr. Judith Josiah-Martin , Lecturer in Social Work, University of Maine When we exist in majority environments, there is a level of assimilation often seen in the behavior of minority or under-represented groups that presents as conformity, peace keeping, "we are all the same", non-direct eye contact, and/or passivity that over time leads to a loss of personhood and maybe even identity. This presentation will share a narrative of how and what that looks like for some individuals identifying as "black" and "female" in majority white environments.
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