Conversation with Rhonda Y. Williams
October 27, 2016
UMass Amherst Campus
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) history professor Rhonda Y. Williams is the founder and director of the Social Justice Institute at CWRU.
She earned her B.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland College Park, where she became the first black student to receive the highest honors of salutatorian in that university’s 187-year history.
Dr. Rhonda, as she is called, is the author of “Concrete Demands: The Search for Black Power in the 20th Century” (2015) and the award-winning “The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women's Struggles against Urban Inequality” (2004).
As a scholar-activist, Williams has been engaged in community efforts, including on police and criminal justice reform as a member of the Collaborative for a Safe, Fair, and Just Cleveland and the “Cleveland 8” (links here, here and here). She has appeared on MSNBC and DemocracyNow! Currently, she serves on the Cleveland Community Police Commission, which was empaneled in September 2015.
Attendees are invited to bring their lunches.
Beverages and dessert are provided.
Presented by the History Department's Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, "The US in the Age of Mass Incarceration."