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

Posted Sep. 13, 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.  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 will also be a panel discussion and action workshop.

The symposium is co-hosted by the Kent State University Department of Pan-African Studies and the Way of Mind and Body (WOMB) Community Center.  The event will be held from 5-9 p.m. in Ritchie Hall, Lecture Hall (Room 214) and is free and open to the public.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided. 

Invited panelists include:

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

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 in the Kent State Student Center Visitor lot on Summit Street. 

For more information, contact the Department of Pan-African Studies at 330-672-2300.