Carleton hosts public dialogue on racial justice

In solidarity with the growing national movement #BlackLivesMatter, Carleton College invites the public to a campus dialogue on racial justice in America. On Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carleton will host “BlackLivesMatter: Conversations for Change,” a panel discussion with faculty and guest speakers followed by a Q&A session.

Across the nation, the tragic deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner  has mobilized communities to respond to individual and collective loss as well as to pave the way for racial justice, a world where #BlackLivesMatter.  

The Carleton event is designed to encourage reflection and participation in an ongoing dialogue, serving to demonstrate a commitment to examining our own community and reflect upon ways in which Carleton—and the greater community—are not immune to the issues currently affecting New York City or Ferguson, Mo.

Speakers will include: Kevin Wolfe, the Robert A. Oden Jr. postdoctoral fellow for Innovation in the Humanities in Religion at Carleton; Sarah Catherine Walker ’99, president of the Coalition for Impartial Justice; DeRay McKesson, senior director, Human Capital at Minneapolis Public Schools; and Nekima Levy-Pounds, professor of law and director of the Community Justice Project. Carleton faculty moderators will be Adriana Estill, associate professor of English and American studies, and Anita Chikkatur, assistant professor of educational studies.

The panelists will address facets of #BlackLivesMatter to raise consciousness, challenge understanding, and spur continuing dialogues, acknowledging a collective effort to be part of the solution.

This event is sponsored by the Community, Equity and Diversity Initiative; the Department of African and African American Studies; the Office of Intercultural & International Life; the Department of Religion; and the Office of the Dean of the College.

For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4394. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located on First Street between College and Winona Streets in Northfield.