In response to the recent police-killings of unarmed African Americans and heightened racial tensions across the country, the OWHL will host a three part speaker series entitled “Our Divided House,” examining the intersection of history, race, and public policy. It is our hope that the three incredible speakers will help our community understand this persistent national issue and spur discussion and reflection across campus.
This series is presented in collaboration with CAMD and brought to you by the John M. Kemper Memorial Lectureship.
All “Our Divided House” events will be hosted in the Freeman Room, and each presentation will begin promptly at 7:00pm.
September 29th : Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Dr. Muhammad is the Professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and was appointed the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He is also the author of: The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Harvard University Press, 2010). Prior to arriving at Harvard in July 2016, Dr. Muhammad was the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
October 6th : Imani Perry
Dr. Perry is the Hughes-Rogers professor of African American studies at Princeton University, where she is also affiliated with the Programs in Law and Public Affairs and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of: More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States (NYU, 2011) and Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop (Duke, 2004) as well as numerous articles in the fields of law, cultural studies and African American studies. Dr. Perry has a forthcoming book on the history of the Black National anthem from Oxford University Press and another on gender, neo-liberalism and the digital age from Duke University Press.
October 12 : David Canton
Dr. Canton is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Africana Studies Program at Connecticut College. He was awarded the 2011 W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize from the Northeast Black Studies Association for his book: Raymond Pace Alexander: A New Negro Lawyer Fights for Civil Rights in Philadelphia (University of Mississippi Press, 2010). Dr. Canton spoke last year at Phillips Academy and was well received by students. We are happy to have him return.