January 11, 2012 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: West Conference Room, Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington Street, Arbor, MI 48109
Speaker: R. L’Heureux Lewis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology and Black Studies, City College of New York – CUNY
This conversation will address the divides that traditionally separate activists and scholars as well as separate different communities of color. Drawing on examples of collaboration the event will go beyond diagnosis of differences by identifying strategies for moving ahead towards social justice.
Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Black Studies at the City College of New York – CUNY. His research concentrates on issues of educational inequality, the role of race in contemporary society, and mental health well-being. Through his writing, speaking, and commentary his work analyzes some of the most pressing issues facing the African Diaspora. With specializations in race and ethnic relations, his research and activism grapple with the areas of education, youth culture, public policy, and mental health. His commentary has been featured in media outlets such as US World News Report, Diversity in Higher Education, National Public Radio, theRoot.com and the Detroit Free Press.
Following the keynote address, an interactive discussion will feature a panel of current U-M graduate students and faculty members who will reflect on the relationship between scholarship and activism in contemporary U.S. Communities.
- Maria Cotera, Associate Professor of Latino Studies, American Culture Program and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Allison Roman, Graduate Student, School of Social Work
- Davin Phoenix, Graduate Student Instructor, Political Science and Graduate Student Instructor, InterGroup Relations, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Stephen Ward, Associate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Associate Professor of Residential College, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Moderator: Evans Young, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts