Ferguson and Beyond: Race, State Violence, and Activist Agendas for the 21st Century

Ferguson teach inOn Friday, January 23, Director of the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE) Ralina Joseph and Associate Professor in the Department of History Stephanie Smallwood are organizing a teach-in titled “Ferguson and Beyond: Race, State Violence, and Activist Agendas for the 21st Century.” It will include faculty from across disciplines and UW campuses, including Associate Director of CCDE LeiLani Nishime who will be participating on a panel.

DESCRIPTION: Police use of deadly force against unarmed African Americans across U.S. cities garnered national and international attention in the closing months of 2014, putting antiblack racism and state-sanctioned violence at the forefront of social justice agendas, and sparking the most sustained and broad-based antiracist movement since the 1960s. At this day-long teach-in, we will put these events in historical perspective, examine the challenges of talking about race in the 21st century, and explore the broader landscape of student and youth activists working to challenge state violence, including those focused on disappeared students in Mexico, imperial wars, immigrant rights, the prison-industrial complex and violence against LGBTQ persons. We will also consider the importance of coalition building to ensure an activist agenda that pursues universal social justice both locally and globally.

WHEN: Friday, January 23, 2015
Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC), 3931 Brooklyn Ave NE


9:30 – 10 a.m. > Registration
10 – 10:15 a.m. > Introduction
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. > The Past is Always Present: Contextualizing U.S. State Violence
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. > Lunch (provided with advance reservation by 9 a.m. on January 16) and faculty-led discussion groups
1 – 2:30 p.m. > #Blacklivesmatter: A Universal Call for Social Justice
2:45 – 4:15 p.m. > Student/Youth Activists: Vanguards of 21st Century Social Justice
4:30 – 5 p.m. > The Way Forward?

The event is sponsored by the University of Washington Office of the Provost, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, and Center for Communication, Difference and Equity (CCDE). Additional support provided by the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center and Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. Speakers to include faculty from American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Communication, English, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (UW Bothell), History, and Sociology.

For more information, please contact Erika Samson at samsonej@uw.edu.