Research & Reflection on Black Life

March 23, 2016 - 12:30pm to March 28, 2016 - 5:00pm
University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

From Left Voice

A campus-wide, interdisciplinary engagement with the Black Lives Matter movement

How to tell you of peace? Change? Hope? Of racial and sexual and economic injustice? Of an America rising up out of an aristocracy of death. An aristocracy of slavery. Racism. An aristocracy of color. An aristocracy of corporate greed? An America that made Langston Hughes write: “We the people must redeem our lands and make America, America again.”—Sonia Sanchez (SOS, 2014)

Social Science Research Methods at the Frontier: Affirming Black Lives Matter
March 23 | Wednesday 12:30-2 PM – Campus Center Hadley Room
Dawn Dow (Syracuse/Sociology), Fredrick Harris (Columbia/Political Science), and Linda Tropp (UMass-Amherst/Psychology) reflect critically on the frontiers of research methods in each of their disciplines in light of the fight for racial justice. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Social Science Research and the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program.

Critical Theory & Social Change Workshop: Confronting Racism in the Contemporary U.S.
March 24-25 | Thurs. 7-9 PM; Friday 11:45-1:15/2:30-4 PM | Campus Center/Cape Cod Lounge
A two-day workshop organized by the Social Thought & Political Economy Program

Resisting Police: Social Science Resistance Series * A Lecture by Paul Amar
March 24 | 4PM | Cape Cod Lounge | 

Resisting Police Panel Discussion: Police Forces as Social Movements in Contentious Fields of Authoritarian-Populism, Militarized Masculinity, and Racial Brutality
March 25 | 4PM | Cape Cod Lounge | with Sonia Alvarez, UMass; Paul Amar, Global Studies, UCSB; Barbara Cruikshank, UMass; Donna Murch, History, Rutgers; Cathy Schneider, International Service, American U; Jillian Schwedler, Political Science, Hunter College 

Feminist Poetics: Legacies of June Jordan Symposium
March 25 | Friday – Student Union Ballroom, 9:30 AM -9:30 PM organized by Afro-American Studies & Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

#BLM Remembering, Celebrating & Moving Forward: An Evening of Beautiful Struggle
March 26 | Saturday – Student Union Ballroom, 7 PM hosted by the Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies and Resistance Studies Initiative. Featuring the incomparable Sonia Sanchez, Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, Melina Abdullah, Matt Meyer and others.

Social Science Research at the Frontier: How Do We Heed The Call?
March 28 | Monday 12:30 - 2:00 PM – Bartlett 107
This inter-disciplinary dialogue invites scholars across the 5 Colleges to identify implications and shared agendas for social science research after a week of events centered on the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight for racial justice. Co-sponsored by Institute for Social Science Research and the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, with partner organizations including the Public Engagement Project and GEO Black Caucus. Moderators:
Dr. Sancha Medwinter (UMass Amherst|Sociology), Armanthia Duncan (UMass Amherst|Sociology) Tiamba Wilkerson (UMass Amherst|Sociology)

University Museum of Contemporary Art | Exhibit—Question Bridge: Black Males
A video installation that aims to represent and redefine black male identity in America

Students can arrange to get one-credit hour for work related to these events. Please contact Amilcar Shabazz, Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies for more info:




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