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Black Humanity Matters: A Teach-In on the Crisis of Race in America

This is a past event.

Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 4:00pm to 5:45pm

Virtual Event

Renowned scholars of race, racism, black identity and culture will come together to reflect on the long history of anti-black violence in the United States, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the anti-racism protests currently taking place. 

Join us on Zoom as the experts will discuss the history of anti-black violence in Florida and beyond, how media narratives are racialized, as well as how to practice anti-racism. If the Zoom event reaches capacity, you can watch the stream on Facebook.

This event is hosted by FIU’s Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment and co-sponsored by African and African Diaspora Studies; Department of English; College of Arts, Sciences & Education; and Office for the Advancement of Women, Equity and Diversity.

Speakers include:

  • Donna Aza Weir-Soley, associate professor of English, FIU
  • Andrea Queeley, associate professor of anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies, FIU
  • Valerie Patterson, clinical associate professor of public administration, FIU
  • Ana Luszczynska, associate professor and chair of the English department, FIU
  • Shawn Christian, associate professor of English, Wheaton College
  • Renée Blake, associate professor of Linguistics and Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU
  • Kimberly Moffitt, associate professor and affiliate associate professor of Africana Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Ryan Russell, NFL player, advocate and writer

Omar Thomas, assistant professor of music at the Peabody Institute, will also perform.

Recent Activity

Ryan Levy

Ryan Levy left a positive review 6/10/2020

It was more than Great, it was Awesome! The discussion was about racial injustice and discrimination that plagues the nation and parts of the World. I also asked relevant questions, pertaining to the topic.

Reynaldo Ramirez

Reynaldo Ramirez left a positive review 6/10/2020

It was a very informative and lively discussion, which I very much benefitted from.


GARY HILL left a positive review 6/10/2020

Very informative and engaging.

Colette Mello

Colette Mello left a positive review 6/10/2020

The Black Humanity Matters Teach-in was very informative. I learned a lot about Miami history from Valerie Patterson and the poetry reading 8:46 was so powerful and meaningful.

Regina Bailey

Regina Bailey left a positive review 6/10/2020

Thank you to all who participated . I will watch this program again and hope that are who campus will watch this insight and moving program.