Scholars to discuss race and education at IU Bloomington symposium

Four leading scholars of race and education will be at Indiana University Bloomington on Friday, Sept. 16, for a daylong symposium organized to engage graduate students, undergraduates and others in discussion of issues ranging from inequality in K-12 schools to affirmative action in college admissions. The symposium, in the Frangipani Room of the Indiana Memorial […]

Study examines Ferguson protesters’ views of race, crime and policing

In 1968, a commission headed by former Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner examined causes of the civil unrest that had swept through America’s cities and famously warned that the U.S. was “moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.” The protests that followed police shootings of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and others […]

Expert on African-American education to give public talk in Bloomington

The IU School of Education is partnering with the Monroe County Community School Corp. in Bloomington to sponsor a free public talk tonight by Tyrone Howard, professor of education and director of the Black Male Institute at UCLA. Howard will speak on “Awakening the Genius in the African-American Child” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. […]

Ta-Nehisi Coates: No ‘5-day plan’ for justice

The vulnerability of African-Americans to violence and poverty isn’t an accident but an intended result of policy, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates told an Indiana University audience today. And behind policy stands the nation’s “long, long history” of slavery and inequality, much of it driven by economic self-interest. One lesson: Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a […]

IU historian to speak on race, labor and armies

The Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society‘s fall speaker series at Indiana University Bloomington continues this week with a talk by Michelle Moyd, associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences. Moyd will speak Thursday, Oct. 15, on “Race, Labor and Armies of Empire in Africa and the United […]

Author of history of racial passing to speak Thursday at IU Bloomington

Rachel Dolezal sparked outrage and scorn this summer when her parents said the Spokane, Wash., activist had lied about her race. But according to Stanford University historian Allyson Hobbs, the lack of sympathy for Dolezal was both revealing and disheartening. “The harsh criticism of her sounds frighteningly similar to the way African-Americans were treated when […]

Historian: Church attack makes for a somber Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth, an important African-American celebration that marks the occasion 150 years ago today when word reached Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War was over and slaves were free. But this year’s observances will be weighted with grief and outrage after a young white man shot and killed nine black people taking part in […]

Khalil Muhammad: Bloomington to Harlem

Khalil Muhammad moved four years ago from living the quiet life of a Bloomington academic to being director of New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of the world’s leading centers for studying and celebrating the African-American and African diaspora experience. How big a transition was that? “Huge,” Muhammad said. “Gigantic. Life-altering. […]

IU panel opens dialogue on racism in America

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Three years after the death of Trayvon Martin, which sparked the Black Lives Matter movement — and just three weeks after the U.S. Justice Department reported that police in Ferguson, Mo., regularly used unconstitutional practices disproportionately affecting African-American residents — an IU panel emphasized the remaining […]

Thursday panel discussions at IU Bloomington feature leading figures on race and policing

Khalil G. Muhammad and Jelani Cobb are two of the best contemporary writers on the topic of race in America, period. And by coincidence, both will be at IU Bloomington this Thursday — for two separate panel discussions related to race, justice and policing. Muhammad, a former IU Bloomington historian, is director of the Schomburg […]