Loyola’s Karson Institute to Host Peace Symposium on Racial and Social Justice – Newsroom

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| by Molly Robey

The Karson Institute for Race, Peace, and Social Justice at Loyola University, Maryland, will host a one-day symposium, “Race, Peace, and the Pursuit of Social Justice,” on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Knot Hall. Parts of the symposium will also be available virtually.

“Over the past year, the Karson Institute has been facilitating conversations with students and thought leaders about racism, anti-racist work, and social justice,” said Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and African American studies. and founding director of the Karson Institute. “We understand that it is not enough to talk about the problems, but you have to be willing to do the extra work to bring different communities together in a joint effort to find and then implement solutions. We take seriously what Dr. King meant when he wrote: ‘Anything that affects one directly affects all indirectly.’ The Race, Peace, and the Pursuit of Social Justice symposium is designed to do just that, bring together all communities, from high school students to college students, professors, teachers, and activists, to begin sharing the issues they face. work together to find solutions and then be tasked with reclaiming those solutions to change your communities.”

The one-day symposium is open to the public, but registration required. All students will receive free admission with a valid student ID.

Events during the symposium include:

  • A Keynote Address: “The Ongoing Debate on Critical Race Theory, From the Courtroom to the Classroom,” with Whitehead and William H. “Billy” Murphy Jr., Esq., Senior Partner, Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, will take place from 9-10 am The event will be face-to-face and via zoom.
  • Conversations will be facilitated by guest speakers and will be held in breakout rooms from 10:30 am to noon.
    • Room One: Stony the Racial Road We Trod – An open conversation describing and exploring the ways in which racism, inequities, and activism intersect within America’s educational system.
    • Room Two: Peace, Protest, and Politics: An open conversation exploring the unique ways that democracy (and our understanding of it) and protest shape political conversations, movements, and decisions.
    • Room Three: Social Justice as the Moral Arch of the University: An open conversation about the ways in which the teachings of social justice activists and leaders can be used to model and teach social justice within our communities, in our school and on our campuses. .
  • A Keynote Conversation, “Creating Spaces to Explore Peace and Pursue Social Justice: The Work Underway to Achieve International and National Peace,” with Whitehead and George Lopez, Ph.D., Professor emeritus and the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, chair of the Peace Studies CSC at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The keynote address will be in person and through zoom.
  • Session two of the breakout rooms will begin at 1:45 pm Participants are encouraged to enter a different breakout room than the first session. A special session will be held for students to learn how to write and perform slam poetry.
  • Networking breaks will be held from 10:00-10:30am and 4:00pm-4:30pm
  • Closing remarks will begin at 3:30 pm
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For more information on the “Race, Peace, and Pursuit of Social Justice” symposium, including registration and ticket prices, visit www.loyola.edu/karsonevents.