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.
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.