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SOF Digital Discussion: What History Can Teach Us: Black Lives Matter and Beyond

Join us for a conversation featuring 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner and creator of the landmark 1619 Project Nikole Hannah-Jones, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at University of Texas at Austin Peniel Joseph, and professor at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies Khalil Muhammad.

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Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and creator of the landmark 1619 Project. In 2017, she received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, known as the Genius Grant, for her work on educational inequality. She has also won a Peabody Award, a Polk, National Magazine Award, and the 2018 John Chancellor distinguished journalism award from Columbia University. In 2016, Hannah-Jones cofounded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training and mentorship organization geared towards increasing the numbers of investigative reporters of color.

Dr. Peniel E. Joseph joined the University of Texas at Austin as Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy in fall 2015. He received a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs as the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values and at the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts.

Prior to joining the UT faculty, Dr. Joseph was a professor at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where he also founded the school’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to promote engaged research and scholarship focused on the ways issues of race and democracy impact the lives of global citizens. He received a B.A. from SUNY at Stony Brook and a Ph.D. from Temple University. Dr. Joseph’s career focus has been on what he describes as “Black Power Studies,” which encompasses interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies, law and society, women’s and ethnic studies, and political science. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy and civil rights, and has authored award-winning books “Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America” and “Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama.”

Dr. Joseph’s most recent book, “The Sword and The Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.” examines the political lives of two social-movement leaders who assumed divergent, but crucially similar roles. “Stokely: A Life,” has been called the definitive biography of Stokely Carmichael, the man who popularized the phrase “black power” and led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, known as the SNCC. The recipient of fellowships from Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Ford Foundation, his essays have appeared in The Journal of American History, The Chronicle Review, The New York Times, The Black Scholar, Souls, and American Historical Review. Dr. Joseph is a frequent contributor to Newsweek, TheRoot and Reuters, and, his articles, Op-Eds, and book reviews have been published in newspapers from The Washington Post to The New York Times. Dr. Joseph’s commentary has also been featured on National Public Radio, The Colbert Report, PBS, and MSNBC.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, and Director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project. He is the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culturea division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. He is the award-winning author of “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America” (Harvard), and a contributor to a 2014 National Research Council study, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences. 

Muhammad is a frequent reviewer and commentator in national print and broadcast media outlets, such as the New York TimesWashington Post, The Nation, National Public Radio, PBS Newshour, Moyers and Companyand MSNBC. He has appeared in a number of feature-length documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated 13th and Slavery by Another NameHe received the 2017 Distinguished Service Medal from Columbia University’s Teachers College and holds two honorary doctorates.

Event information
Tue Jul 14, 2020
3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
SOF Digital Discussion