This public event will mark the occasion of the inaugural issue of SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society to be published here in Chicago.
SOULS is a well-known and historically significant publication, founded by Dr. Manning Marable at Columbia University. Barbara Ransby, a professor University of Illinois at Chicago and co-founder of the IHC’s program, The Public Square, has assumed Editorship of the SOULS journal.
The round table will focus on the recently completed 2012 elections.
The prestigious group of round table discussants will include:
- Cathy Cohen: Professor of Political Science and former Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics.
- Michael C. Dawson: Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Not In Our Lifetimes: The Future of Black Politics.
- Bill Fletcher Jr.: Senior Scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. and co-author of Solidarity Divided, The Crisis in Organized Labor and A New Path Toward Social Justice.
- Cheryl Harris: A Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, UCLA School of Law. Harris previously taught at Chicago Kent College of Law and received a fellowship from the Mellon Foundation to host a conference called Redress in Social Thought, Law and Literature at the University of California Humanities Research Institute.
- Fredrick C. Harris: Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. He is author of the recent New York Times essay, The Price of a Black President
- Cedric Johnson: Associate Professor of African American Studies & Political Science University of Illinois at Chicago. He is editor of a collection of essays titled The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalist Culture and the Remaking of New Orleans.
- Beth E. Richie: Professor of Criminal Justice and Gender and Womens Studies at UIC. Richie is former Head of the African American Studies Department at UIC and author of Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women.
- Robert T. Starks: Political Editor at N’Digo magazine and Director of the Harold Washington Institute for Research and Policy Studies at Northeastern Illinois University.
- Moderator: Barbara Ransby, professor of African American Studies, History, and Gender and Women’s studies at UIC.
Co-sponsored by the Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics and Society at the Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, this event is part of “Bridging Divides,” a series that draws on the humanities to help local communities address seemingly intractable social, cultural and political divides. The “Bridging Divides” series is made possible in part by the generous support of The Boeing Company and is part of the IHC’s Conversations on Contemporary Issues program.
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