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Peabody Dean's Diversity Lecture Archives

Past Lectures  

Shafiqa Ahmadi is an Associate Professor of Clinical Education at the Rossier School of Education and the Co-Director for the Center for Education, Identity, and Social Justice. She is an expert on diversity and legal protection of underrepresented students, including female Muslims, bias and hate crimes, and sexual assault survivors. Shafiqa Ahmadi will speak to the intersection of law, politics & religion. 

Jay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University, an affiliate at the Stern School of Business in Management and Organizations, and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. His research examines how collective concerns- group identities, moral values, and political beliefs- shape the mind and brain. This work addresses issues of group identity, social motivation, cooperation, implicit bias, moral judgement and decision-making, and group regulation from a social neuroscience perspective. 

Jeffrey F. Milem, dean and professor at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California–Santa Barbara, April 2, 2018 at 4 p.m.

Monique Morris, author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools(The New Press, 2016). “Schools for the Soul: Bringing Healing to Our Children’s Learning,” February 1, 2018 at 4 p.m. 

Dismantling Ableism October 26 2017 at 4 p.m.

Moderator:Anjali Forber-Pratt, assistant professor of human and organizational development at Peabody and a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator

Panelists included:  

  • Claudia Gordon, the first Black female Deaf attorney in the United States who was the public engagement adviser to the disability community under the Obama administration, now senior management at Sprint 
  • Jill Houghton, disability activist, president/CEO of U.S. Business Leadership Network, which provides guidance on global disability inclusion in the workforce
  • Alice Wong, disability activist and founder of the Disability Visibility Project and former appointee to the National Council on Disability.

Phil Yu, blogger and editor of “The Angry Asian Man,” a conversation about the blog and its objectives. March 30, 2017, 7 p.m.

Laura Rendon, University of Texas at San Antonio, a workshop on college preparation and success. Feb. 2, 2017, at 1 p.m.

E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University, a performance of the one-man show “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales.” Jan. 24, 2017, 7 p.m. 

Rochelle Gutiérrez, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, a lecture on social justice, mathematics and society. Nov. 3, 2016, 4 p.m. 

Shaun R. Harper, University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, a lecture on race and equity in education. Sept. 15, 2016, 4 p.m. 

Transgender scholar C. Riley Snorton, then assistant professor in Africana studies and feminist, gender and sexuality studies at Cornell University, discussed the ways gender and sexual aberrance are cast as both revelatory and somehow intrinsic to blackness, through the lens of news stories about Christine Jorgensen, transgender sensation of the 1950s. Jan. 16, 2016, 7:15 p.m.

Dean Benbow hosted an interdisciplinary panel discussion, which came about as the summer of 2015 was marked by protests over Confederate symbolism, compounded by concerns over micro-aggressions and free speech on college campuses. Sep. 21, 2015, 3 p.m.