"The Fire This Time: Citizenship, Civil Rights, and New Racisims in the 21st Century"
Mar 25, 2016
from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
|Where||Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library|
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Brief overview of the Symposium:
Since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has emerged as a forceful political response to police killings of unarmed Black civilians. The development of this new social movement coincided with the 50th anniversary of several watershed events in the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, including the Freedom Summer voter registration campaign (1964) and the passage of the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965). While these milestones clearly warrant commemoration and celebration, the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement demonstrates that these landmark gains remain imperiled despite the triumphant narrative of social progress that characterizes much of contemporary mainstream. racial discourse. The Fire This Time symposium brings together scholars, artists, and activists to reflect on the legacy of the Civil Rights movement for the current historical moment and the implications of new black social justice movements that focus on race and criminalization, mass incarceration, and the broader impacts of the War on Drugs. This symposium engages in interdisciplinary debates about how ongoing forms of structural anti-black racism have been reconstituted in the era of neoliberal multiculturalism, the militarization of domestic policing in the post-Civil Rights era, the multiple forms through which state violence is enacted in Black communities throughout the Diaspora, and how a new generation of anti-racist, feminist, and queer activists are interrogating and rearticulating commonsense understandings of race, democracy, citizenship, protest, and the meanings of racial justice in the 21st century.
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome from the College of the Liberal Arts
Paul Taylor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, College of the Liberal Arts, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Philosophy
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kathryn Gines, Head of African American Studies at Penn State University, Associate Professor of Philosophy
9:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.
Keynote Lecture Introduction
Courtney Desiree Morris, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
9:35 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Opal Tometi, Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement
11:05 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Movement Building: Youth, Art and Activism
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch (we will return at 2:00 p.m.)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
From We Are Penn State to Black Lives Matter: Student Activism at Penn State
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Constant Struggle: Reflections on Civil Rights and Racial Justice
Co-sponsored by the Africana Research Center (ARC), Institute for the Arts & Humanities (IAH), the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, the College of the Liberal Arts offices for Undergraduate Studies, and the University Libraries