Conference on Race and Justice in the Age of Obama

Date: 

Thursday, October 13, 2016 (All day)

Location: 

Nye ABC, Fifth Floor, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

 

Race and Justice in the Age of Obama

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, along with the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy; Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy; and Hutchins Center for African & African American Research are proud to host a symposium on Race and Justice in the Age of Obama on October 12th and 13th.  

This conference will offer an important opportunity for scholars, journalists, and public officials to debate President Obama's impact on race relations in the United States during his eight years in office. 

Join us during the evening of October 12th for a keynote discussion to open the conference in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Harvard's premier arena for political speech and debate (registration is not required for the Forum keynote discussion on the 12th). On October 13th, you are invited to the Nye Conference Center, Taubman Building, 5th Floor, 79 JFK Street, for a number of wide ranging conversations with our panelists below.

 

Both days are free and open to the public.  Due to space limitations, registration is required to attend any of the October 13th panels. 

Date/Time: October 12 – 13, 2016

Place: Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Conference Co-Chairs
Khalil Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School 

Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School  

Confirmed speakers include:

 

Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, History, and Africana Studies; University of Pennsylvania

Doug Blackmon, Host and Executive Producer of American Forum; Miller Center, University of Virginia

Keith Boykin, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

Matt Guterl, Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies, Chair of American Studies, Brown University

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University

Joshua Dubois, Founder, Values Partnerships and Former Head of White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Megan Ming Francis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington

Heather Ann Thompson, Professor; Afroamerican and African Studies, History; University of Michigan

Ronald Sullivan, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School

Callie Crosley, Host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH

Avik Roy, Opinion Editor, Forbes Magazine

Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro, Deputy Vice President, National Council of La Raza

Charles Badger, Republican Strategist, former Jeb 2016 Director of Coalitions 

Shermichael Singleton, Founder, Singleton Strategies LLC

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2016

6:00 – 7:00 PM                          OPENING FORUM
JFK Jr Forum                            Introduction by Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf 

Moderator:
Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Speakers:
Paul Monteiro, Acting Director, Community Relations Service at U.S. Department of Justice

Michele Norris, Journalist and Former host of NPR’s All Things Considered (tentative)

Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Communities Alliances, Teach for America and co-founder of Campaign Zero

Avik Roy, President, The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and Editor, Forbes Opinion

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2016 

8:30 – 9:00 AM                         CHECK-IN AND COFFEE      
Nye ABC, Taubman Building, 5th Floor

9:00 – 9:15 AM                         WELCOME REMARKS         
Archon Fung, Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Harvard Kennedy School

9:15 – 10:45 AM                        OBAMA’S LEGACY: OPPORTUNITY AND OPPORTUNITIES MISSED                                           

Moderator:
Callie Crossley, Host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH       

Speakers:                    
Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, History, and Africana Studies; University of Pennsylvania

Josh Dubois, Founder, Values Partnerships and Former Head of White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Keeanga Taylor, Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University

Shermichael Singleton, Founder, Singleton Strategies LLC

 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM                THE STATE OF CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER OBAMA

Moderator:
Douglas Blackmon, Host and executive producer of American Forum; Miller Center, University of Virginia        

Speakers:
Megan Ming Francis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington 

Matthew Guterl, Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies, Chair of American Studies, Brown University

Clarissa Martinez-de-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, National Council of La Raza

Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School

Heather Ann Thompson, Professor; Afroamerican and African Studies, History; University of Michigan

12:30 – 1:30 PM                        LUNCH

1:30 – 3:00 PM                          LOOKING FORWARD: RACE IN AMERICA AFTER OBAMA

Moderator:
Keith Boykin, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Columbia University           

Speakers:
Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, History, and Africana Studies; University of Pennsylvania

Charles Badger, Republican Strategist, former Jeb 2016 Director of Coalitions 

Clarissa Martinez-de-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, National Council of La Raza

Avik Roy, President, The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and Editor, Forbes Opinion

3:00 – 3:30 PM                          CLOSING REMARKS

 

For more information, please visit the conference website

 

Registration information can be found here