Join us for a series of panel conversations and open forums as we explore critical issues facing our university community.

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February 5-6: Live Stream Broadcast

If you cannot attend in person, please join us for the live stream.

A Welcome from the Chancellor

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Medical School Campus—Eric P. Newman Education Center

*Please note location change. Some parking is available.

5 p.m.


Mark Wrighton, PhD

Larry Shapiro, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine

5:10 p.m.

Tales to Astonish: Why Race Matters and Why It Shouldn’t

SPECIAL GUEST: Gerald Early, PhD
Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English, and Director of African and African-American Studies, all in Arts & Sciences


Panel Discussion and Q & A

SESSION LEADER: Victoria J. Fraser, MD
Adolphus Busch Professor and Chairman, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine


Gerald Early, PhD
Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English, and Director, African and African-American Studies; all in Arts & Sciences

Richard Wilson, PhD
Professor of Genetics and Professor of Molecular Microbiology, School of Medicine; Research Member, Siteman Cancer Center; and Director, The Elizabeth H. and James S. McDonnell III Genome Institute

Cynthia Rogers, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry

Adrienne Davis, JD
Vice Provost and William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, School of Law

Bob Hansman, BFA
Associate Professor of Architecture; Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

6:30 p.m.Reception

Friday, February 6, 2015

Danforth Campus—Emerson Auditorium and Frick Auditorium, Knight Hall

Some parking is available.

8 a.m.Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.


Mark Wrighton, PhD

Holden Thorp

9 to 10:30 a.m.

The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity

SESSION LEADER: Adrienne Davis, JD
Vice Provost and William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, School of Law


Maryam Kashani, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics

Sonia Song-Ha Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of Honors Program, Department of History, Arts & Sciences

Robert Sussman, PhD
Profession, Physical Anthropology, Arts & Sciences

Rebecca Wanzo, PhD
Associate Professor, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Arts & Sciences: and Interim Director, Center for Humanities

Denise Ward-Brown, Associate Professor of Art, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Open Forum

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Race and Ethnicity in Everyday Life

SESSION LEADER: Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD
Professor, Brown School


Linling Gao-Miles, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, International and Area Studies, Arts & Sciences

Christian Gordon
Undergraduate Student, Psychology; Arts & Sciences, Class of 2015

Sean Joe, PhD
Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, Brown School

Juliette McClendon-Iacovino
PhD Student, Clinical Psychology; Arts & Sciences

Adina Sterling, PhD
Assistant Professor of Strategy, John M. Olin School of Business

Open Forum


Brief Closing

Mahendra Gupta, PhD
Geraldine J. and Robert L. Virgil Professor of Accounting and Management, Olin Business School

12:30-1:30 p.m.Lunch
2 to 3:30 p.m.

Moving Beyond Stereotypes

Professor of Law, School of Law; and Professor, African and African-American Studies, Arts & Sciences


Shyam Akula
Undergraduate Student, Biology and Neuroscience, Arts & Sciences, Class of 2016

LaTanya Buck, PhD
Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Alan Lambert, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology; Arts & Sciences

Molly Metzger, PhD
Assistant Professor, Brown School

Carrie Pettus-Davis, PhD
Assistant Professor; Brown School

Open Forum

3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

The Future and Our University Community

SESSION LEADER: Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Holden Thorp, Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor


Amee Azad, Undergraduate Student, Biochemistry and Anthropology; Arts & Sciences

Professor Dedric Carter, Associate Provost, Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Professor of Practice; School of Engineering & Applied Science

Dean Edward Lawlor, William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor; Brown School

Ashley Macarander, Doctoral Student, Lynne Cooper Harvey Fellow in American Culture Studies; Arts & Sciences

Professor Will Ross, Associate Dean of Diversity and Professor of Medicine; School of Medicine

Rose Windmiller, Associate Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations

Open Forum


Closing Remarks

Mark Wrighton

 Reception and Viewing of Scribes’ Artwork
6:30 p.m.

Continuing the Dialogue

A Pre-Show Discussion with Black Anthology Exploring the Link Between Their Performance and Today’s Themes

7 p.m.

“The Six.”

A Performance by Black Anthology at the Edison Theatre

Tickets are available from Black Anthology.

The Conversation Guide is available to download.