400 Years of Inequality: Breaking the Cycle of Systemic Racism

Friday, October 18, 2019

8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

BREAKFAST (DOORS OPEN), 8 A.M.

Hiebert Lounge
72 East Concord Street
Boston

Please Register

Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided

#400YearsofInequality

Livestreaming Available During Event

Cohosted with the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, the Museum of African American History, and the Activist Lab


This day is a part of a national movement by schools of public health to engage in the observance of “400 Years of Inequality,” marking 400 years since a group of 20 Africans were first sold in bondage in Jamestown, Virginia. This Dean’s Symposium aims to use this anniversary to discuss how we can disrupt systemic racism, with forward-looking and solution-driven discussions.

Agenda

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
BREAKFAST AND INFORMAL GREETINGS

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
OPENING REMARKS

Sandro Galea (@sandrogalea), Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Harold Cox, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health


8:35 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

Marita Rivero, Executive Director, Museum of African American History


8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Cornell William Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice, Harvard Kennedy School


9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
TOPIC ONE: HOUSING

Naa Oyo A. Kwate, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Professor of Human Ecology, Rutgers University

sade adeeyo, Research Associate, Urban Institute

Beth Shinn, Professor, Vanderbilt, Peabody College

Sheila Savannah, Managing Director, Prevention Institute

Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work, University of Illinois

Moderator: Harold Cox, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences


10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
BREAK

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress


11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
TOPIC TWO: EDUCATION

Sherman James, Professor Emeritus, Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy

Elmira Mangum, CEO, EMPLUS LLC; Former President, Florida A&M University

Linda Greene, Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Moderator: Yvette Cozier, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Boston University School of Public Health


12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
400 YEARS: THE MOVEMENT

Bob Fullilove, Associate Dean, Community and Minority Affairs, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health


12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
LUNCH

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
ACTIVIST LAB ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: PERFORMANCE AND DIALOGUE

Rhodessa Jones, Co-Artistic Director, Cultural Odyssey/Director, THE MEDEA PROJECT/Artist in Residence, Boston University School of Public Health Activist Lab

The capstone of her residency, Rhodessa Jones will perform several vignettes from her repertoire to explore and expand on the themes discussed throughout the day and guide an interactive discussion with the audience.

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