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The Race exhibit is a project of the American Anthropological Association.

speaker series:

December 6, 2018:  Beynd Diversity and Inclusion Creating Culturally Competent Institutions for a Sociall Just World. 

Dr. Yolanda Moses, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California-Riverside explored what it means to create culturally competent institutions for a socially just world.

The video can be viewed here.


November 12th from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at The New Standard Academy, 2040 W Carpenter Road, Flint, MI 48505

TOPIC: "Pushed Out": A Review of Systemic Racism and Children in Schools

SPEAKER: Kyona McGhee, Region 6 Offender Success Coordinator

This presentation discussed discriminatory practices in schools and how it leads minority children into the criminal justice system at drastically higher rates than their white counterparts. 

The session can be found here.


November 5th from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village, 4119 Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48505

TOPIC: Systemic Racism in Local History and Public Policy (Panel)

FEATURING: Dr. Thomas Henthron, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan-Flint, Dr. Jami Anderson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan-Flint and Katherine Stanley, Staff Attorney at              Legal Services of Eastern Michigan

A panel discussion on the influence of racism on social systems and public policy can be found here.


October 29th from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village, 4119 Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48505

TOPIC:  Anthropology: Culture, Race and Health: Unequal Health Outcomes and the Bio-Cultural

SPEAKERS: Dr. Jennifer Alvey, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan-Flint and Dr. Daniel Birchok, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan-Flint

If race is a social construct, how can it have such clear effects on things like health outcomes? In this dialogue, we introduce the idea of the "bio-cultural," a way that anthropologists think about how social phenomena like race affect our bodies. Race is not biological, but it nonetheless impacts bodies in unequal ways, sometimes with multi-generational consequences. The bio-cultural helps us to make sense of this process without inadvertently falling back on a biological model of race. 

This session can be viewed here.


October 23rd from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Happenings room at the University of Michigan-Flint, UCEN

TOPIC: "Whitewashing": Racial Disenfranchisement in Higher Education (Panel)

FEATURING: Dr. Ernest Emenyonu, Professor of African Studies, University of Michigan-Flint, Dr. David J. Luke, Director of the Intercultural Center, University of Michigan-Flint and Thomn Bell, Director for the                Center for Educator Preparation at the University of Michigan-Flint

The panel discussion explored the ways in which race, and particularly whiteness, shape higher education in the U.S.  The discussion included critical examinations of how the U.S. higher education infrastructure systemically advantages, and indeed was designed for, white students, faculty and staff, and how contemporary educational institutions are, or are not working to challenge this legacy.  More specifically to UM-Flint, this panel will challenge contradictions between perceptions and realities of the campus climate, and explore unintended impediments that put at variance our mission statements and the pragmatic instruments for their wholesome delivery.

The session can be viewed here.


October 8th from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503

TOPIC: Flint's Oral History: A Look at Race, Place and Systemic Racism Through the Experiences of Flint Residents

SPEAKER: Dr. Erica Britt, Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Michigan-Flint

This presentation will highlight stories from the Vehicle City Voices Project, an oral history project about life in the city of Flint.  In addition to hearing visions of Flint's past, present, and future, we will also explore the spoken and unspoken narratives of race and systemic racism that frame the experiences of Flint residents.

The session can be found here.


September 24th from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503

TOPIC: An Experiential and Historical Look at Systemic Racism and its Effects in Flint

SPEAKER: Harold Ford, East Village Magazine

Harold Ford, a lifelong Flint resident, offered a 21st century perspective of what W.E.B. DuBois called “the problem of the twentieth century…the problem of the color line.”  He drew upon his five+ decades as an educator, activist, writer, and citizen.  His experiences include: participation in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march; FBI/Red Squad surveillance as an anti-war activist; writing for Michael Moore’s Flint/Michigan Voice and East Village Magazine; an ACLU lifer; and 43 years as an educator in Beecher.  His multiple perspectives includes points of pride and personal ignominy.  

The session can be found here.


September 17th from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI  48503

TOPIC:  Addressing Racism in the Public Health Arena

SPEAKER: Dr. Lawrence Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds provided a presentation Addressing Racism in the Public Health Arena. This presentation considered how systemic racism prevents the successful restructuring of the social determinants of health to promote health equity. He examined how the interaction of race, power, privilege and place has reproduced inequality and disparities at various stages along the life course of Flint's African American residents.

This session was not recorded, however the powerpoint slides can be found here.