A Conversation on Racial Trauma

March 25

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

You are invited to participate in a hosted conversation with Resmaa Menakem, a social worker, healer, and leading voice on racial trauma in the United States. Resmaa will join us to discuss his framework for understanding racial trauma and his call for a different pathway for healing and systemic change.

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Resmaa Menakem, New York Times bestselling author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, is a visionary Justice Leadership coach, organizational strategist and master trainer. Resmaa is a leading voice in today’s conversation on racialized trauma. As a therapist, trauma specialist, and the founder of Justice Leadership Solutions, a leadership consultancy firm, Resmaa Menakem dedicates his expertise to coaching leaders through civil unrest, organizational change and community building. Resmaa helps leaders examine and begin to heal the trauma of racialization that thwarts emergence. He coaches leaders on how to do the embodied work to gain the cultural maturity to lead and build community within themselves, their groups, organizations and movements. Through a new framework for understanding the impact of intergenerational and racial trauma, Resmaa’s somatic abolitionism aims to rid stress and racial trauma from the body in order to interrupt and disrupt racism.

Challenging Environmental Racism: Stressful Landscapes, Toxic Exposures, and What One BC Student is Doing About It

February 23

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Join Dr. Richard M. Mizelle, Jr., Dr. Kimberly L. Jones, and Mr. Adin Henderson for a moderated discussion about environmental racism. The event will be co-moderated by Laura J. Steinberg, Seidner Family Executive Director, Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, and Conevery Bolton Valencius, Professor, Department of History.

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The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society

Panelist Bios

Dr. Mizelle is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston, and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History. Living, working, and even playing in stressful environments takes a significant toll on the bodies of minorities in this country. Dr. Mizelle's talk will focus on stressful landscapes that must be constantly navigated and the experience of disease and illness that vulnerable groups face from toxic exposure. 

Dr. Jones is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education (College of Engineering and Architecture) and Professor and Chair (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) at Howard University. She will be speaking about Flint, Michigan water contamination, toxic landfills, and environmental justice regulations.

Mr. Henderson is a senior in the Environmental Studies program at Boston College. He is the Co-President of the Black Student Forum as well as the AHANA+ Outreach Coordinator for the Student Admission Program. Throughout his time at Boston College, he has combined his advocacy for racial justice with his academic pursuit of environmental issues towards fighting for environmental justice.”

A Conversation on Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

February 17

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

A campus conversation on the winter break book read which was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry in 2014, and a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Co-sponsored by Courageous Conversations and the Forum on Racial Justice

Challenging Environmental Racism: Stressful Landscapes, Toxic Exposures, and What One BC Student is Doing About It

February 23, 2021

Presented in conjuction with the Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society