Center for the Study of Race and Democracy

The CSRD's mission is to promote engaged research and scholarship focused on the ways issues of race, democracy, and public policy impact the lives of global citizens.

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August 27, 2020: Reimagining Public Safety: Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racism

CSRD Director Dr. Peniel Joseph discusses the future of public safety with Kellee Coleman, Business Process Consultant for the City of Austin's Equity Office, Sukyi McMahon, Strategic Director and Board Chair of the Austin Justice Coalition, and Chris Harris, Director of Texas Appleseed's Criminal Justice Project.

 

July 29, 2020: Dean Pedro Noguera on The Search for Racial Justice in Education: Uprooting Structural Racism

Author, activist, sociologist, and Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education Dr. Pedro Noguera joins the CSRD for the first virtual presentation of the William C. Powers, Jr. Speaker Series. Honoring the memory of former UT President William C. Powers, Jr., this speaker series invites thought leaders to present research in American politics and public policy in reflection of his commitment to diversity and inclusion. Broadcast live on July 29, 2020.

 

June 25, 2020: Building the Beloved Community: Allyship During Racial Crisis

Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and Barbara Jordan Chair of Ethics and Political Values, and panelists Lawton Cummings and Kelli Mason, partners at Notley, an Austin-based nonprofit social impact firm, discuss meaningful paths to allyship and fostering an inclusive and equitable society for all.

 

June 3, 2020: Justice and Equity in Austin in a Time of National Crisis: A Community Conversation

CSRD Founding Director Dr. Peniel Joseph and Dr. Jeremi Suri, LBJ Professor Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, moderated a virtual public forum with Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Austin Council Member Alison Alter, and Austin Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison. 

 

March 3, 2020: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy hosted Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of the nation's leading scholars on African American history and literature, as the third keynote presenter in the William C. Powers, Jr. Speaker Series. Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic and institution builder, he has authored or co-authored 21 books and created 15 documentary films, including "African American Lives," and "Finding Your Roots," his groundbreaking genealogy series now in its third season on PBS. Watch his presentation and his conversation with CSRD Founding Director Dr. Peniel Joseph:

 

February 26, 2020: Sherrilyn Ifill

The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy hosted Sherrilyn Ifill, one of the nation's leading scholars on civil rights law and litigation, as the second keynote presenter in the William C. Powers, Jr. Speaker Series. Ifill is the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the nation's premier civil rights law organization fighting for racial justice and equality. Watch her conversation with CSRD Founding Director Dr. Peniel Joseph:

 

January 30, 2020: Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy hosted Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad as the inaugural presenter in the William C. Powers, Jr. Speaker Series. Dr. Muhammad, one of the nation's leading scholars on race, democracy, inequality, and criminal justice spoke on "The Descent of Democracy and the Promise of African American History". A few photos from from the event:

The crowd that came to the LBJ School on Jan. 30, 2020 to listen to Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, inaugural presenter in the William C. Powers, Jr. Speaker Series

The crowd that came to the LBJ School on Jan. 30, 2020 to listen to Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, inaugural presenter in the William C. Powers, Jr. Speaker Series.

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad in conversation with Dr. Peniel Joseph

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad in conversation with Dr. Peniel Joseph.

Left to right: Madi Donham, Ja'nell Ajani, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Dr. Peniel Joseph, and Emily Dunklee

Left to right: Madi Donham, Ja'nell Ajani, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Dr. Peniel Joseph, and Emily Dunklee.