UChicago Teach-in on Racism and Activism | February 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016
10:00AM - 5:00PM
Saieh Hall, 1160 E 58th St

Photo © Jamie Manley/The Chicago Maroon, 2013

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, with support from the Center for Identity + Inclusion, invites you to participate in a teach-in on racism and activism on Friday, February 12th.  This teach-in will address the racial climate and incidents of violence at the University of Chicago, within the city, and throughout the country.  The organizers of this event represent faculty, staff, undergraduates, and graduate students who seek to  engage in rigorous conversation that includes the concerns of underrepresented minorities on campus as well as those of our neighbors. Moreover, we hope to provide a space in which students, faculty, staff, and community members can come together to discuss how to jointly strive for racial and social justice.

The day will be organized around the following topics and themes: racial tensions, anti-blackness and institutional racism on campus; the role of the University in fighting and/or reproducing racial inequality on the Southside and more generally within the city of Chicago; and activism yesterday, today and tomorrow--a panel dedicated to learning from the current generation of activists fighting racial and other forms of injustice and from previous generations of activists. In each session, we will consider how these issues impact our intellectual pursuits inside and outside the classroom.

Our event runs through the day on Friday, February 12th, the University’s College Break Day.  Organizers have decided to hold the event on this day in an effort to maximize participation and not conflict with the academic priorities of the University.  We recognize that this is a critical moment not only on college campuses but in the nation as we have witnessed horrific acts of racial violence, and are entering a Presidential campaign that already has produced the most toxic rhetoric in a generation. We see this day as the first of a series of activities to address these issues and hope you will be able to participate.


VIew recordings from the session and the scheduled program here.


Recommended readings in advance of the teach-in can be found by clicking here.  By topic: 

This event is wheelchair accessible. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact CSRPC for assistance at 773.702.8063 or csrpc@uchicago.edu.