Institutional Antiracism and Accountability

  • 2022 Apr 06

    Reckoning with the Truth of Law and Civil Rights

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA -- Registration Required

    On Wednesday, April 6th, join the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project in the JFK Jr. Forum for a discussion featuring Janai Nelson, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director, Institutional Antiracism & Accountability Project, Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, will moderate. The discussion will reflect on Nelson’s tenure at the NAACP LDF and forthcoming role as president and director-...

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  • 2022 Apr 04

    Indigenous, Black and Communities of Color Fighting for Environmental Justice

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA -- Registration Required

    On Monday, April 4th, join the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at the Ash Center in the JFK Jr. Forum for a discussion about how racial and climate justice intersect. Hear from Karen Diver MPA ‘03, Senior Advisor to the President on Native American Affairs at the University of Minnesota, former Special Assistant on American Indian Affairs during the Obama Administration, former Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Chairwoman; Shamar Bibbins,...

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  • 2022 Mar 30

    Reckoning with the Soul of a Nation

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Virtual event, registration required

    On Wednesday, March 30th,  join the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project at the Ash Center in the virtual JFK Jr. Forum for a discussion with Eddie S. Glaude Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Princeton University. Glaude is an award-winning author, MSNBC commentator, and leading public intellectual who examines the complex dynamics of race and racism in the American experience. His books include "Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul," "In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics...

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  • 2022 Mar 23

    Advancing Racial Justice in Philanthropy – Aspiration or Reality?

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Virtual event, registration required

    On Wednesday, March 23rd, join the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project at the Ash Center in the virtual JFK Jr. Forum for a discussion with leaders in the field of philanthropy about how foundations are working to advance racial justice and contend with philanthropy's own colorblindness and white-dominant culture. We will hear from Crystal Hayling, Executive Director of the Libra Foundation, which partners with groups working towards justice and equity; Amoretta Morris, President of Borealis...

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  • 2022 Feb 24

    The Black Agenda: Bold Solutions for a Broken System — A Conversation with Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    On Campus, Cason Room (T-102); HUID Required to attend

    From ongoing reports of police brutality to the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on Black Americans, the year 2020 brought a renewed awareness to the deep-rootedness of racism and white supremacy in every facet of American life. As people have looked both inward and to their communities to understand the impact of systemic oppression, they have turned in droves to books for guidance in working toward a more just and equitable world. This event highlights the work of HKS PhD Student Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman who is the author and editor of ...

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  • 2022 Feb 10

    How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans - and How We Can Fix It

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Virtual event, registration required

    On Thursday, February 10, join the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project at the Ash Center in the virtual JFK Jr. Forum for a discussion about how the American tax system rewards white people while further exploiting and harming Black people’s economic realities. Dorothy Brown, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University, author of “The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans—and How We Can Fix It” will be joined in discussion by moderator Mehrsa Baradaran, author of “The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap,”...

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  • 2022 Jan 31

    Getting at the Root: Perspectives on Global Justice, Truth Telling and Accountability

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Virtual event, registration required

    Join the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project and the Carr Center for Human Rights for a discussion with scholars studying processes and practices of global truth telling, repair, and justice from the fields of law, government, and political science. Through a lens of...

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  • 2021 Nov 18

    Overcoming Racism to Build a True Democracy: Two Authors Share the Way Forward

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Online event, registration required

    Confronting racism directly and building a fully inclusive democracy are completely intertwined. Two authors with strong history in the democracy movement have recently written forcefully and personally on the subject. Heather McGhee served as President of Demos before writing the New York Times bestseller The Sum of Us, and Theodore Johnson, after serving twenty years in the military, is the Director of the Fellows Program at the Brennan Center for Justice and the author of the just-published When the Stars Begin to Fall. Harvard Law...

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  • 2021 Oct 14

    2021 Truth and Transformation Conference

    6:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Virtual event, registration required

    The annual Truth and Transformation Conference is convened by Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad and hosted by the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center.

    During this free, virtual conference, we invite you to join fellow advocates, organizers, scholars, students, and community members in engaging, challenging, and thoughtful conversations centered around this year's theme “Reflecting On A Year of Promises.” Looking back at a year or promises to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion, at this year’s conference, we will ask: did organizations keep to their promises? What more work is there to be done? 

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  • 2020 Oct 02

    2020 Truth and Transformation Conference

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Kennedy School

    On October 2, 2020 The Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project hosted the second annual Truth and Transformation convening on-line. Our intent this year was to use the convening to to better understand the limitations of the business case for Diversity and Inclusion and to explore implications for engaging in racial equity work with greater accountability and in partnership with other sectors. Please see below for access to all recorded events. A summary document highlighting the 2020 conference's discussions can be found here.... Read more about 2020 Truth and Transformation Conference

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