The events shown below are either hosted by the UD Anti-Racism Initiative (UDARI) or by another UD entity that speak to issues at the core of antiracist efforts.

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Upcoming Events

“Shirley Chilsolm and Black Feminist Power Politics”

October 4, 2023

Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating talk by Professor Anastasia Curwood on Shirley Chisholm and Black Feminist Power Politics

Dr. Curwood’s talk will take place at 4:30pm on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, in Purnell 118. Register Here!

Freedom To Learn Rally

May 3, 2023:

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. South Green – Memorial Hall Steps

Public education is under attack. So are ideas. Join us to speak out against nationwide efforts to undermine critical thinking. What we read, study, and teach matters!

The Freedom to Learn Rally includes readings from banned books and is part of a National Day of Action on Wednesday, May 3, 2023.

Volunteer to give a brief speech or read from one of the hundreds of books that have been banned across the nation.

Past Events

“Mass Shootings: Causes and Consequences

April 20, 2023:

You are invited to a Social Justice Coffee Hour titled “Mass Shootings: Causes and Consequences”. The event is on April 20th from 3:30-5:00pm in Trabant Multipurpose Room C. All are welcome.

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“Building UD from Indigenous Lands: The Making of a Land-Grant University”

April 12, 2023:

Presented by Maureen Iplenski, History Graduate Student and member of the UD Anti-Racism Initiative’s American Indian and Indigenous Relations Committee.

Black Mothers and Police Violence: Inaugural Ida B. Wells Lecture and Mary Ruth Warner Award.

March 7, 2023:

Presented by
The Department of Women and Gender Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Join us for the inaugural Annual Ida B. Wells Alumni Lecture and Mary Ruth Warner Award. This year’s intimate conversation is titled Black Mothers and Police Violence and features two mothers whose sons were killed by police or a police surrogate –

Sybrina Fulton, author and mother of Trayvon Martin, and Loretta Prater, author and mother of Leslie Prater.

Way Down in the Hole: Racism in Solitary Confinement.

February 23, 2023:

Join UD authors, Hattery and Smith, for a book talk on their recent release.

Based on hundreds of hours of observation in solitary confinement units and interviews with both those who are incarcerated and those who work in solitary confinement, Way Down in the Hole: Race, Intimacy and the Reproduction of Racial Ideologies in Solitary Confinement, uncovers the ways in which specific structures of solitary confinement, including the close and intimate contact between the incarcerated and the correctional officer, serve as a petri dish that fuels the production and reproduction of white racial resentment.

African-American Concert Dancers: Activism, Advocacy, and Protest.

February 21, 2023:

Dance historian, dancer, and choreographer John Perpener III will comment on Suite Blackness: Black Dance in Cinema as part of this year’s Paul R. Jones lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 21

Perpener authored the book African-American Concert Dance: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond and served as a primary consultant and commentator for the PBS documentary “Free to Dance”.

The lecture will be held in Gore Recital Hall in the Roselle Center for the Arts at 5PM. Registration is required. ​

SUITE BLACKNESS: BLACK DANCE IN CINEMA by Dr. Lynnette Overby (UDARI co-chair) and Hassan El-Amin.

February 16-18, 2023:

A unique and exciting theatrical experience that celebrates the powerful social, and historical impact of Black dance in film.​

This dance performance is a journey through racial and cultural tensions from the 1920s to present day – Showcasing films such as “Stormy Weather”, “The Wiz”, and “Rize”; and artists like Bill Bojangles Robinson, Josephine Baker, and Michael Jackson.​​

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