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The Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice

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COMloquium Series

The COMloquium Series features monthly one-on-one intimate conversations with Dr. Whitehead and a selected guest to discuss relevant and timely issues around racial, social, and healing justice. The goals are to provide a starting point for engaging with these issues, both on campus and around the country; explore solutions on how to foster understanding of the causes and consequences of systematic sources of injustice; analyze the inter-relationship between race and social justice; and, identify and discuss potential strategies for resolving violent conflict and building and sustaining peace. Guests will include authors, activists, artists, columnists, politicians, and community leaders.

April 22, 2021

In light of the verdict in the case against Derek Chauvin, the Karson Institute for Race, Peace, & Social Justice is hosting a special communitywide COMloquium to rethink America's policing system and the ways in which race, police, and social justice intersect at this moment. Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead speaks with civil rights attorney Kobie Flowers, Esq.; Adam J. Jackson,  CEO, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Rev Scott Adams, Assistant Director of Loyola University Maryland's Campus Ministry; and Dr. Nishaun Battle, associate professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Virginia State University.

April 8, 2021

In partnership with Messina and in honor of Ella Baker Day, Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead in conversation with Lisa Snowden-McCray, managing editor and Baltimore editor of The Real News Network. Prior to her role at The Real News Network, Ms. Snowden-McCray was a journalist and editor with Baltimore City Paper, The Baltimore Sun, as well as The Baltimore Beat, an alt-weekly she co-founded.

*Ella Baker Day is an annual event held each April. The tradition originally started in response to a 2010 declaration by then-Governor of Virginia, who declared April "Confederate History Month" as a celebration of the confederacy. Ella Baker Day was founded that year at the University of Virginia as a way to push back against this dangerous and unjust narrative and has grown exponentially over the past eight years.

March 24, 2021

 A conversation with Alice McDermott, novelist, writer, and former Richard A. Macksey Professor of Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. McDermott has spoken and written about Flannery O’Connor’s influence on her own writing. McDermott’s eighth novel, The Ninth Hour, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. In 2018, The Ninth Hour was awarded France’s Prix Femina for a work in translation. Her seventh novel, Someone, was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Patterson Prize for Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her essay collection, What About the Baby? Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in August.

March 29, 2021

Loyola’s Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice and The Baltimore Sun have partnered to host a “News and Conversation: Caring for the Kids During COVID,” a special COMloquium conversation that will focus on childcare challenges and solutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The “News and Conversation” COMloquium will include expert commentary from local and state-level childcare providers including Joan Johnson from the Howard County Child Care Resource Center; Tracy Jost, owner of Kid's Campus Early Learning Center in Dunkirk, Md.; Christine Peusch, executive director of the Maryland State Childcare Association; and Imani Angela Rose, director and delegating nurse from Joshua’s Place in Baltimore City.

February 22, 2021

A conversation with Dr. Lawrence Brown, founder of The Black Butterfly Academy and author of "The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America," discussing why Baltimore City is ground zero for racist housing policies; the long-term impact of structural racist policies, practices, and procedures in Baltimore; the politics of the Black Butterfly and the White L; why it will take a multi-billion investment in Baltimore to transform the neighborhoods, schools, and jobs; and, what it will take to move from community policing to community peacekeeping.

Immediately following the moderated conversation, the Karson Institute hosted a Coffee and Convo that included seventh graders from a local middle school, teachers, professors, staff, and community members from around the country brainstorming solutions on how they can move Baltimore City forward.

February 15, 2021

A conversation with Jamelle Bouie, New York Times columnist and CBS News political analyst, on American politics; the January 6 failed insurrection; voter suppression; the future of Trump and the Republican Party; and the work that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris should focus on doing during their first 100 days.

Immediately following the moderated conversation, the Karson Institute hosted a Coffee and Convo to discuss Mr. Bouie's ideas on the future of American democracy.

This Black History Month COMloquium was sponsored in part by the Cumming and Caulfield families.

January 21, 2021

In conversation with Dr. Barbara Ransby, a professor of African American Studies and the John D. MacArthur Chair at the University of Illinois at Chicago, along with students, professors, and community members discussing Dr. Ibram Kendi’s research on antiracism; the presidential inauguration and the future of democracy; and, what does it mean to work for equality, justice, and racial equity.

January 18, 2021

A conversation with Dr. Clayborne Carson, Ph.D., professor of history at Stanford University, and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, on Dr. King's legacy; what we get wrong about Dr. King; what Dr. King's message would be to America today; and, what is Dr. Carson's unfinished business. (This interview originally aired on WEAA's "Today With Dr. Kaye" on 88.9 FM)

December 14, 2020

A conversation with The Honorable Kweisi Mfume (D), U.S. Representative, 7th Congressional District, on the future of America; the state of a Black America; the Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act; and how we go forward as a nation from here. (This interview originally aired on WEAA's "Today With Dr. Kaye" on 88.9FM)

December 7, 2020

A conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top leading expert on infectious diseases, on the impact of COVID-19 on the Black, Latinx, and indigenous communities; the reasons why Americans should trust a COVID-19 Vaccine; President-elect Joe Biden's plan to ask all Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days; and, where we go from here as a nation and as a planet. *This interview originally aired on WEAA's "Today With Dr. Kaye" on 88.9 FM.

November 12, 2020

A conversation with Jerika Richardson, the Senior Vice-President of the National Urban League, on the state of Black America; the short- and long-term impact of Election 2020; and, the future of grassroots political organizing within the Black community.

November 2, 2020

A special Election 2020 conversation discussing why your vote is your voice; the future of white supremacy and the impact of voter intimidation and suppression; and, why the last 60 years of progress are in danger of being overturned with Leonard Pitts, Jr., a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and the author of The Last Thing You Surrender.

October 28, 2020

A conversation on the history of Medical Bondage and the impact of racism and white supremacy within the medical field with Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, the award-winning author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology.

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