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A Day of Learning and Speaking Out

Schedule and Session Descriptions

10:00am - 11:00am Graduate Student Panel: Addressing (In)justice and (In)equality through Curriculum The police murder of Michael Brown catalyzed widespread national debate, protest, and public displays of anger. One of the most notable features of these events in public discourse and in the streets has been the participation of people on either side of the longstanding American Black and White racial divide. Yet, the answer in undergraduate psychology courses to the question, “Who here is following the events in Ferguson?” is one which is off puttingly met by silence. The panel is interested in how this common response highlights some of the challenges to teaching race that are specific to Duquesne and other universities with a mostly White student body. Over the last couple months, panelists have been working with other graduate students to construct a module on the psychology of racism and racism in psychology, aiming to bring this conversation on a deceptively unpopular subject into classrooms. Along with a presentation of this curricular work, the panel will reflect on the role of the ‘incitement to discourse’ which operates in the incorporation of sociopolitical struggle into the university. Members of this panel include Jess Dunn, Daniel Gruner, Jayme Jenkins, and Seth Young. Silverman Center
11:00am - 12:00pm Racism, Policing, and the Exuberance of Power: A Duquesne Faculty Panel Discussion Duquesne faculty will reflect on the use of lethal force among police in America and the insights this raises about the status of race in our society. Daniel Burston, Psychology, will read from his paper on the Exuberance of Power, and a panel of faculty will respond. Respondents include, Dr. Marie Baird, Department of Theology, Dr. Kathy Glass, Department of English, Dr. Matt Schneirov, Department of Sociology, and Dr. Elaine Parsons, Department of History. The panel will be chaired by Dr. Susan Goldberg, Department of Psychology.‚Äč Silverman Center
12:00pm - 1:30pm Students Speak Out: That Awkward Moment Perron

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Keynote & Coffee Break: Dr. Joy James, "Police Violence and the Talented Tenth: Fractionating Civil Rights Leadership"


Professor Joy James is Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of the Humanities and Professor in Political Science at Williams College. She is the author of "Seeking the Beloved Community: A Feminist Race Reader," "Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Race and Gender in U.S. Culture," and "Transcending the Talented Tenth."

Silverman Center
3:15pm - 6:15pm Rice on the Road Faculty & Staff Workshop: Deepening the Intersections of Race, Social Justice, and Current Events within our Teaching  -- Registration is Required --
This portion of Rice on the Road is part of a campus-wide Day of Learning and Speaking Out, a collaborative effort to catalyze national and campus conversation about the prevalence of racial prejudice and the use of lethal force in American policing in light of Duquesne's commitment to social justice. This event will be a formative workshop designed to bring together faculty, administrators, and community partners who have pedagogical or programmatic experience attending to the intersections of race, social justice, and contemporary events. It will provide space for them to better understand their social location, assumptions, insights, and the scope of their own agency. The workshop will use an interactive format that positions attendees to take on the role of allies in relation to one another by helping to strengthen each others' commitments and practice. It will be facilitated by members of the National Inside Out network. The extended time period is meant to provide conditions for substantive interaction. The event will begin with facilitated interaction, permit unstructured conversation during a cocktail reception, and conclude with facilitated dialogue over a catered dinner. Registration is required.
Brittany Board Room, Des Place Hall
6:30pm - 8:30pm Civil Rights, Civil Responsibilities: The Community and the Evolving Role of the Police.

The relationship between the police and the community is complex and changes with the times. Over the past century, legislation and legal precedent has expanded police authority while simultaneously guaranteeing civil rights to all. Police practice and procedure has developed to define rights and responsibilities of both the police and individuals they encounter. Understanding the history of this relationship can help when reconciling disappointing judicial decisions with common notions of justice, and is necessary to consider when thinking about the future of law enforcement in America. After discussing the "Reasonable Man" standard in conflicts involving police officers, the panel will explore the importance of technology and community policing in the next wave of developments in police procedure and societal accountability. Members of the panel include Wilkinsburg Mayor John Thompson, Tracey McCants Lewis, J.D.,Wesley M. Oliver, J.D.,LL.M.,J.S.D., and Margaret McGannon. The moderator of the panel will be political commentator Lenny McAllister.

Silverman Center
8:40pm - 10:00pm Dear Duquesne: Students Discuss Racism and Police Violence *Power Center Ballroom*