Spring 2022 Event Series

Theme: Freedom Education

Watch this space for updates on additional events.

Ritual of Remembrance

Friday, January 21, 2022, 1pm–2:30pm
Location: Outside of Homewood Museum
Co-sponsored by the Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts, Center for Africana Studies, Center for Social Concern, and Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center

This is a community gathering to remember those who were enslaved at Homewood on the Johns Hopkins University campus and the legacy of Black labor that has made institutions thrive for centuries in America.

Join Urban Foli traditional African drumming and dance, contribute to a participatory art project, hear what researchers have learned of the ancestors’ stories, leave a note on the wall of remembrance, and name the ancestors as people and not slaves on the walk of remembrance. All are welcome.

Further details here

Why Is Mass Incarceration Booming in the Rural U.S.?

Thursday, March 10, 5pm-6:30pm
Location: Gilman 50
Dr. Jack Norton, Senior Research Associate, Vera Institute of Justice
Co-sponsored by Dept. of Political Science

Drawing on qualitative fieldwork conducted over five years in twelve states, Jack Norton will present an overview of county jail expansion in the rural U.S., examining how local political realignments have coalesced around jail construction and the criminalization of poverty. More information here.

Abolitionist Research: A PhD Professional Development Career Workshop

Friday, March 11, 11am-12:30pm
Location: Mergenthaler 266 
Dr. Jack Norton, Senior Research Associate, Vera Institute of Justice

Jack Norton will lead a workshop on using humanities and social science PhD training to launch a career in a policy research and advocacy to reduce mass incarceration.

Freedom Writers Series

The Freedom Writers program will consider the various sides of clear, direct scholarly writing and intentional, academic obfuscation. Attendees will also look at how writing for the news cycle differs from academic communication, both in voice and in how one describes the workings of power.  There will be four meetings, convened by Dr. N.D.B. Connolly, director of the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship. Meetings will be held in the Berber Room of Charles Commons.

February 23: Light Side/Dark Side: Prof. Connolly’s “Star Wars” Approach to Writing

March 9: Big Stakes, Few Words: Writing to Busy People

April 13: Clarity, Despite Length

April 27: Genre, Mastery and Humility

Co-sponsored Spring 2022 Events

  • Center for Africana Studies Speaker Series: The Challenges of Africana Studies 50 Years On
    A Conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
    Thursday, January 27, 2022, 4:00pm-5:30pm
    Location: TBD (hybrid) [register here]

    Professor Taylor is a scholar of anti-Black racism, public policy, radical politics, and social movements. She was written three award-winning books, including Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2020. Taylor has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for work on her next book. She is also a recipient of the 2021 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant. Taylor is a contributing writer at The New Yorker.

    Check out RIC’s interview with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, conducted by PhD student Raychel Gadson, in Public Books.
  • Two Decades Later: Islamophobia in the War on Terror
    Panel Discussion
    Thursday, March 31, 2022 5:00pm-6.30pm

    Location: Zoom
    Sponsored by the Program in Islamic Studies

    The Johns Hopkins University Program in Islamic Studies invites you to a virtual conversation on Islamophobia in the United States two decades after September 11, 2001. We focus on a new book by scholar and organizer, Dr. Maha Hilal, who tells the powerful story of two decades of the War on Terror, and how the official narrative has justified the creation of a sprawling apparatus of state violence rooted in Islamophobia and its worst abuses.

    Dr. Maha Hilal (Researcher and writer on institutionalized Islamophobia and author of Innocent Until Proven Muslim: Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and the Muslim Experience Since 9/11)
    Dr. Nazia Kazi (Stockton University)
    Dr. Homayra Ziad (Johns Hopkins University)
    Lubna Azmi (Johns Hopkins University)