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Social Justice Corner (topic guide)

This guide attempts to provide a starting point to learn about social justice initiatives across the Emory Libraries, Emory Campus, Atlanta, and beyond, as well as provide knowledge and resources to key social justice issues.

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Williams , Kimber. “Arts & Social Justice.” Emory University News , 25 Jan. 2021. The collaboration was part of Emory’s new Arts and Social Justice Fellows program, which brings together Emory students and faculty members with Atlanta artists to explore how creative thinking and expression can inspire change. 

Emory president updates actions university is taking for racial justice Oct 22, 2020.  Launching the Task Force on Untold Stories and Disenfranchised Populations, establishing the Descendants Endowment, launching the University Committee on Naming Honors, planning a Fall 2021 conference on the legacy of slavery in higher education, presenting the prior demands of Black students, reviewing policing at Emory, renovations to affinity group spaces for students, and implementing a new general education requirement on race and ethnicity

“Statement on Systemic Racism and the Emory Libraries’ Commitment.” Emory Libraries Blog, 6 July 2020,

“Take It Down!: Symbolic Politics Is Just That.” Common Dreams,  

New Program Brings Arts and Social Justice to Classes across Campus. 2 July 2020, for Arts and Social Justice Fellows

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List of Upcoming Events

Below are some events focused on Social Justice:

10/5 12-1 pm Social Justice Pedagogies, virtual 

10/6  12-1 pm Creating an Environment of Courtesy and Respect



Past Events

6/17, noon to 1pm Giving Voice: The Rest of His Story with Dr. Marion Hood

4/26  2:45 – 3:30pm Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Roundtable with Dr. Dylan G. Gee

4/22 4 – 5:30PM Viral Justice: Racism, Vulnerability, and Refuting Black Pathology, Dr. Ruha Benjamin, register 

4/19 - Theorizing the Continuing Attack against Black Bodies

3/31 Lecture by Kim TallBear: Identity is a Poor Substitute For Relating

3/26 noon to 1:15pm - Loretta J. Ross is an African American academic, feminist, and activist who advocates for reproductive justice,

3/18  4:15PM  Darby English -  Race, Social Justice, and Contemporary African-American Art

3/15 12 noon JWJI Colloquium Talk - Dr. Elizabeth McRae, Racial Segregation's Constant Gardeners: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy

02/20 and 02/27Anti-racism in Britain: Histories and Trajectories 2021. An Online Conference. The London Arts and Humanities Partnership. Organising committee: Saffron East (University College London); Grace Redhead (University of Warwick); Theo Williams (Durham University).

2/18 "Race, Social Justice, and Contemporary African-American Art" - A talk with artist Kevin Beasley

1/26 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture 2021: Legacy & Responsibility at 4pm, Zoom 

1/21 John R. Lewis Racial Justice Case Competition at 3pm.Zoom  The event is a student-run case competition with six winning teams from the semifinal round competing virtually for the grand prize

12/15 at 12 noon Art & Social Justice Fellowship Project Showcase and Community Conversation meet six Atlanta artists dedicated to working toward racial justice into Emory classrooms, to help students translate their learning into creative action and activism.

12/10 at 10am EST Lift Every Voice Seminar Series: Reconstruction Activism will focus on the creative arts, education, and religion, participants will examine how activism for racial equality and justice in the current moment has been shaped by the past

12/10 at 3 pm EST. “Justice will roll down like waters” Journey to Justice: Two Birminghams. Hosted by Journey to Justice.

12/10 at 4:30 pm EST. Dr. Hazel Carby, Imperial Sexual Economies.  Hosted by the Institute for Cultural EnquiryThe Exeter Decolonising Network's Racism & Social Justice Seminars.

12/1 at 12p.m. EDT. Dr. Robert Bullard, the father of environmental justice, joins Emory Climate Talks for a conversation.

11/18 Office for RACE - Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month Panel: Indigenous Intersections

11/16 Dr. Keith Clark, "Lessons Before and After Dying: The Life and Art of Ernest J. Gaines in “Post-racial” America"JWJI Presents our Fall Colloquium Series

11/11 "Anti-racist art in the UK and Latin America: A conversation," by The University of Manchester, UK

11/10 Drs. Susan Ashmore, Ali Sewell, and Danielle Wiggins, Legacies of Reconstruction" The Lift Every Voice Seminar Series

11/09 Dr. Karla Slocum, "Black Towns, Black Futures: Enduring and Complex Attractions to Rurality, Blackness and Place" JWJI Presents our Fall Colloquium Series

11/2 Mathew Clavin, "Fugitive Slaves and the Fourth of July: Race, Resistance, and the Politics of the Enslaved" JWJI Presents Fall Colloquium Series

10/29 Oct 29, time tbd, Poetry in the Age of Pandemic and Protest: In this time of great unrest, uncertainty, and upheaval, what can we ask of a poem?

10/28 "Culture Iconography and Monuments: Representing British History and British Identity," by Doughty Street Chambers

10/26 Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, "Black Politics and Black Activism in Brazil"  JWJI Presents Fall Colloquium Series

10/20 Barbara Combs, Michelle Gordon Randall Burkett, and Nikki Brown "Defining the Black Reconstruction Archives." The Lift  Every Voice Seminar Series

10/20 "Curating Cultural Expressions and the African Diaspora at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture" Part of Black History Month Program, Scotland 2020

10/20 "Race and the Boundaries of the Book: Seven Early American Perspectives," (5-6 pm) Rare Book School

10/19 Davin Phoenix, "The Anger Gap: How Race Shapes Emotion in Politics" JWJI Presents our Fall Colloquium Series

10/12 Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana, James Weldon Johnson Institute Race & Difference Colloquium 

10/4 Natasha Trethewey, October 4, 2020 @ 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

9/22 African American Poetry, Kevin Young September 22, 2020 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

9/17 Lifting Every Voice: Dr. Pellom McDaniels III Tribute Series -  Sept 17, 2020 -  Student-led Constitution Day Reading

9/16 Dr. Ibram X. Kendi - How To Be An Antiracist, Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 from 4 to 5 pm.  Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

9/9 Flash Here and There Like Falling Stars: The Life and Work of Dr. Pellom McDaniels III. September 9, 2020 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

9/4 Jericho Brown in conversation w/Mathwon Howard, September 4, 2020 @ 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

8/20 August 20, 2020 - Celebrate the life of Congressman John Lewis