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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Speakers, Events, Scholarship & Resources

What is here

The following are events from the past, and some are available as recordings.  Unfortunately, not all presentations are recorded for later viewing.

We have preserved these resources for informational purposes, and where possible we included links to recordings. 

You also might be able to reach out to past presenters, authors, and organizers for future events or as potential resources in your own ongoing DEI work. 

Recorded Events

Integrating Doctrine & Diversity

Roger Williams Law staff produced a compelling, timely book and speaker series covering specific ways to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into the law school curriculum.

In Fall 2021, RWU Law began co-sponsoring, along with the City University of New York School of Law, an ongoing Integrating Doctrine & Diversity Speaker Series.  Based on the 2021 book – Integrating Doctrine and Diversity: Inclusion and Equity in the Law School Classroom, whose co-editors include two RWU Law instructors – the series focuses on practical strategies for putting DEIB goals into action.


Choosing Their Battlefields: Paul Robeson and Other Black College Football Players' Activism for Racial Equity

On December 1, 2021 at 3 pm EST the 2021 Richard T. Greener Lecture featured Professor Eddie Comeaux. Comeaux is a professor of higher education and executive director of the Center for Athletes’ Rights and Equity at the University of California-Riverside. His talk, “Choosing Their Battlefields: Paul Robeson and Other Black College Football Players’ Activism for Racial Equity” is also a part of the Museum of Education’s Fall Exhibition on the history of college football curated by Faculty Guest Curators, Professor Christian Anderson and Professor Amber Fallucca.

Recording available at the link in the Title above.

Black Lawyers Matter Virtual Conference (Recordings)

The Augusta Baker Storytelling Experience, Sept through November, 2021

Storytelling is an important skill in law and in life.

The Augusta Baker Endowed Chair at University of South Carolina's School of Information Science and the South Carolina Center for Community Literacy are pleased to announce The Augusta Baker Storytelling Experience: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming for Children of All Ages (AB Kids) beginning in the Fall of 2021. This series is part of the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair programming at the University of South Carolina.
In each kid-friendly session of the program, experts will talk about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at a level appropriate for children and their classroom teachers and caregivers. These 30-45 minute sessions will take place at 9 am on Tuesdays, and our audience will include children of all ages. Topics will include, but are not limited to anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ issues, rainbow families, gender issues, immigration and more. Zoom sessions will be live to allow for Q&A, but will be recorded to share with those who are unable to attend.
Recordings and info @ https://sites.google.com/view/bakerlectures/ab-kids


Augusta Baker Diversity Series Spring 2022

This semester we are excited and proud to have National Associations of Librarians of Color (NALCo) members join us to talk about their organizations and the amazing work they're doing to enhance and diversify the library and information science profession!
We also have FOUR other lectures/conversations with outstanding librarians and scholars in our field.
Please join us! Registration for the individual sessions is on the website.
Programs are free and open to all, and will be recorded for later viewing.


Sovereignty Series: Indigenizing the Law School Curriculum

Series presented by Professor Dylan Hedden Nicely at the University of Idaho.

  • Indigenizing the Curriculum: Property Law w/ Prof. Rebecca Tsosie (James E Rogers College of Law)
  • Indigenizing the Curriculum - Indigenizing CRT w/ Prof. Robert Williams (James E Rogers College of Law)
  • Indigenizing the Curriculum: Business Associations w/ Prof. Jack Frederick Williams (Georgia State College of Law)
  • Indigenizing the Curriculum: Conflict of Laws w/ Prof. Joseph Singer (Harvard Law)
  • Indigenizing the Curriculum: Western Water Laws w/ Prof. Dylan Hedden Nicely (U of I)
  • Indigenizing the Curriculum: Estates w/Dean Katheleen Guzman 
  • Indigenizing the Curriculum: Criminal Procedure w/Melissa Tatum 
  • Indigenizing the Curriculum: Constitutional Law w/Michalyn Steele 
  • Indigenizing the Curriculum: Criminal Law w/Addie Rolnick 
  • Indigenizing the Curriculum: Administrative Law w/Alexander Skibine 
  • Indigenizing the Curriculum: Family Law w/Neoshia Roemer 
  • Indigenizing the Curriculum: Environmental Law w/Victoria Sutton
  • Indigenizing the Curriculum: Contract Law w/Adam Crepelle 
  • Indigenizing the Curriculum: Torts w/Scott Franks 
Recordings available at the link in the title above.

The Dehumanization of Children of Color: Rethinking Policing and Policy

On Friday, February 5, 2021, from 3:00 – 4:45 EST, Georgetown University and Georgetown Law will host a conversation on race, adolescence, and policing with Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff and a panel of local and national experts. 

Georgetown University Psychology Professor and Chair Dr. Jennifer Woolard will introduce a virtual "fireside chat" on the research and reality of race, adolescence, and policing with Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Professor of African American Studies and Psychology and Founder of the Center for Policing Equity at Yale University, and Professor Kristin Henning, Blume Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at Georgetown Law. A panel of local and national experts will then discuss how these research advances can inform policy reform.

This is still available to watch via Facebook Live.

Conference on Access to Information: Latin America and the Caribbean (CAI:LAC) September 2021

After more than a year, the reality is that COVID-19 is still ravaging Latin America and the Caribbean. The consequences and impact of the pandemic continues to create a domino effect affecting all groups and all areas in the region. Since March 2020, our project members have been monitoring the changes and responses to the crises. The Conference on Access to Information: Latin America and the Caribbean (CAI:LAC) aims to bring all our conversations together and expand our network in the hope of collaborating even further.

Recordings are available at the link above.

Fordham Law's Center on Race, Law, and Justice

The Center offers numerous webinars and speaker series, many free and open to the public, as well as videos of past events.


Rutgers University Law Review 2021 Symposium: Prosecutors, Power, and Racial Justice: Building an Anti-Racist Prosecutorial System

 

The Rutgers University Law Review invites you to join our 2021 Spring Virtual Symposium titled Prosecutors, Power, and Racial Justice: Building an Anti-Racist Prosecutorial System.

The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others at the hands of police have brought structural racism to the forefront of American social discourse. The ongoing crusade for racial justice and countervailing resistance to reform have focused primarily on policing. Equally important, however, is the power of prosecutors to perpetuate or upend the status quo of racial injustice in our criminal and juvenile legal systems.

The 2021 Symposium of the Rutgers University Law Review, in partnership with the Rutgers Center on Criminal Justice, Youth Rights, and Race and the Rutgers Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic, will explore the ways in which federal, state, and local prosecutors have contributed to mass incarceration in the United States and the roles they are playing or might play in developing and championing an antiracist system of prosecution.

February 26, 2021, 3:00pm to 5:00pm – You can watch the recording for this event, here

March 10, 2021, 4:00pm to 6:00pm – You can watch the recording for this event, here

March 25, 2021, 4:00pm to 6:00pm – You can watch the recording for this event, here

Archive

NALP 2021 Virtual DEI Symposium

UofSC Children's Law Center's Annual Conference -  Friday, November 19, 2021  from 9 am to 12:45 pm.

The focus this year is Recognizing and Responding to Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems. Featured speakers are Dr. Jessica Pryce and Edward L. Palmer. There is no charge for this event which will be held virtually on MS Teams Live. Registration closes on 11/16/21 at 5:00 pm. The Children's Law Center has applied for CLE credits. 


"I'm Not a Boy Anymore" by Stevie Tran

On November 17, 2021,  12:40pm - 2 pm, the law school will co-host a presentation with the University’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs as part of its Alphabet Soup series for Faculty and Staff.  The presentation will feature Attorney Stevie Tran, who will talk about transgender identity and potential legal implications and trends within the educational setting that impact transgendered members of our academic community.  This event is open to faculty and staff from around the University, and attendees are invited to attend in person in the Karen J. Williams courtroom.  Attorney Tran will participate via Zoom.


Carolina Equality Alliance presents, Activism, Advocacy & the Law

 


On Thursday, September 23, 2020 at 9:10 a.m., Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, will be a guest speaker in Prof. Maxfield's Consumer Law class tomorrow morning at 9:10. Professor Maxfield invites interested parties to attend.

The law library has this book in our collection.


On October 11, 2021,  at 6:30pm, Georgetown Law Professor Kris Henning will visit the law school to speak about her new book, The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black YouthThis in-person event is open to the public, and the law school is requesting registrations to keep up with seating demands.   Thanks to Professor Josh Gupta-Kagan for organizing this event!

The law library has this book in our collection.


Black Women: Trailblazers in Leadership

On Thursday, February 25, 2021 please join the University’s DEI Office at 6:00 p.m. for a panel discussion with Jokata Eaddy, Myisha Eatmon and Toby Jenkins to discuss Black Women: Trailblazers in Leadership.


Conversation on “Examining the Case for Reparations”

Tuesday, August 31, 2020  at 6:00 p.m. (CST)

Please join the NIU College of Law for a Conversation on “Examining the Case for Reparations” as part of its Race and the Law Conversations Series.  Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee will speak on reparations and H.R. 40. The discussion will be moderated by NIU Dean Cassandra L. Hill.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is an influential and forceful voice in Washington.  She is serving her eleventh term as a member of the United States House of Representatives.  She represents the 18th Congressional District of Texas, centered in Houston, which is the energy capital of the world.  Considered by many as the “Voice of Reason”, she is dedicated to upholding the Constitutional rights of all people.  In January 2019, Congresswoman Jackson Lee introduced H.R. 40, a bill to establish the Commission to study and develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans.  Congresswoman Jackson Lee earned a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University with honors in the first graduating class that included women, followed by a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.


Math, law, and racial fairness:  The future of the Voting Rights Act

On Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, from 4:30 – 5:45 p.m., Eastern Time, UofSC's College of Arts and Sciences will host "Math, law, and racial fairness:  The future of the Voting Rights Act."  Featured speakers will be Guy-Uriel Charles, Edward and Ellen Schwarzman Professor of Law at Duke Law School and the co-director of the Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics and Moon Duchin, Professor of Mathematics at Tufts University, where she also directs the Program in Science, Technology, and Society and serves as a senior fellow in the Tisch College of Civic Life.


Professor Frederick Harris: Anti-Blackness, Contentious Politics and the 2020 Presidential Election

UofSC's African American Studies Program will host the 23rd Annual Robert Smalls Lecture and Roundtable on Thursday, October  29, 2020 from 6:00-7:30pm.  The featured speaker will be Dr. Frederick Harris, Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.


Professor Ibram X. Kendi: How to Be an Antiracist

Best-selling author and Boston University Professor Ibram Kendi will lead a virtual discussion on November 9, 2020 from 4:00-5:00 pm.  Professor Kendi is the author of many books including "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America," which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, "How to Be an Antiracist;" "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You," co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and "Antiracist Baby," illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. 

The event is sponsored by the University of South Carolina Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the College of Social Work; and the I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice.

Professor Kendi's writings are available by searching the Library Catalog,


Seeking Justice for Breonna Taylor's Family: A Panel Discussion on No-Knock Warrants

On November 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time, the School of Law Office of Alumni Relations and Development will sponsor a panel discussion on no-knock warrants.  Panel speakers will be Associate Dean Colin Miller and law students Anna Catherine Parham and Jasmine Caruthers, who assisted the legal team for Breonna Taylor's family in their civil action against the City of Louisville. The discussion will be moderated by legal writing instructor Jan Baker. The event carries one hour of CLE credit.  Registration fees will support scholarships at the School of Law.


Professor Renee Nicole Allen: From Academic Freedom to Cancel Culture: Silencing Black Women in the Legal Academy

On Friday, October 23 ,2020 at 1:00 pm (Eastern), Professor Renee Nicole Allen of St. John's University will discuss her recent scholarship (forthcoming in the UCLA Law Review).