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Racial Reckonings and the Future of the Humanities

April 29, 2021 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

The term “reckoning” denotes acts of calculation, estimation and debts paid. It can carry a sense of a future settlements. It also refers to “ideas, opinions and judgments” as in the phrase, “I reckon.” To what extent, and how, might we imagine a racial reckoning via new work in arts and humanities?

The recently formed Centering Race Consortium brings together researchers at four institutions: Brown, Stanford, the University of Chicago and Yale to “center” racial justice in the pursuit of humanistic inquiry. Our work is supported by the Mellon Foundation.


Wednesday April 28, 2021:

I. 3:00pm EDT: Welcome by CRC Directors

  • Stephen Pitti (Yale)
  • Jennifer DeVere Brody (Stanford)
  • C. Riley Snorton (UChicago)
  • Tricia Rose (Brown)

II. 3:15pm EDT: “Race and the Transformation of Disciplines, A Faculty Roundtable”

  • Matt Guterl (Brown)
  • Rod Ferguson (Yale)
  • Marci Kwon (Stanford)
  • Noémie Ndiaye (UChicago)
  • Teresa Montoya (UChicago)


Thursday, April 29, 2021:

III. 3:00pm EDT: Directors’ Roundtable on “Institutionalizing Critical Race Studies”

  • Jennifer DeVere Brody
  • C. Riley Snorton
  • Stephen Pitti
  • Tricia Rose
  • Moderator: Ato Quayson (Stanford)

IV. 5:30pm EDT: CSRPC Annual Public Lecture: Reading by Reginald Dwayne Betts and conversation with Eve L. Ewing

  • Organized by University of Chicago
  • Co-presented by Pozen Family Center Human Rights Lab and Mass Incarceration Working Group
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This event is sponsored by the Centering Race Consortium which includes Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, and related centers at Brown, the University of Chicago, and Yale.
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