Black Lives Matter protestors
Exploring the Far-Reaching Impacts of Institutional Racism

Racism in America

Faculty experts will examine how racism is embedded in education, criminal justice, health care and economic systems, as well as within U.S. government policy. Organized in partnership with the American Studies Program and open to the general public, this webinar series will explore research-based discoveries and potential solutions for combating systemic racism and improving equity.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Health Care Inequalities
Spring 2021

Race and the Economy
Spring 2021

Co-hosted by the American Studies Program, the series is supported by Alumni Affairs and Development and Diversity Alumni Programs and powered by eCornell. Other colleges and schools at Cornell will be partnering on individual events throughout the year.

Past Events

Past Events

Protest Movements panelists

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Margaret Washington

Marie Underhill Noll Professor of American History

Mcgraw Hall, Room 305
History, American Studies Program
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Russell Rickford

Associate Professor

Mcgraw Hall
History, American Studies Program, Africana Studies and Research Center
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Ella Maria Diaz

Associate Professor

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 65
Latina/o Studies Program, American Studies Program
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Christine Bacareza Balance

Associate Professor

Schwartz Ctr-Performing Arts, Room 426
Performing and Media Arts, Music, Asian American Studies Program
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Aziz Rana

Professor of Law

Myron Taylor Hall, Room 236
Institute for Comparative Modernities

References and resources:

Anderson, Carol E. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2016

Bacareza Balance, Christine and Lucy San Pablo Burns. California Dreaming: Movement & Place in the Asian American Imaginary. University of Hawaii Press. 2020

Bacareza Balance, Christine. Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America. Duke University Press. 2016

Boggs, Grace Lee. Living for Change: an Autobiography. University of Minnesota Press. 2016

brown, adrienne maree. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. AK Press. 2017

Diaz, Ella Maria. José Montoya. University of Minnesota Press. 2020

Diaz, Ella Maria. Flying Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force: Mapping a Chicano/a Art History. University of Texas Press. 2017

Kelley, Robin. Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination. Beacon Press. 2003

Ishizuka, Karen. Serve the People: Making Asian American in the Long Sixties. Verso. 2016

Maeda, Daryl. Chains of Babylon: the Rise of Asian America. University of Minnesota Press. 2009

Marable, Manning. Race, Reform & Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction and Beyond in Black America, 1945-2006. University Press of Mississippi. 2007

Okihiro, Gary. Third World Studies: Theorizing LiberationDuke University Press. 2016

Rickford, Russell. We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical ImaginationNew York: Oxford University Press. 2016

Rana, Aziz. The Two Faces of American Freedom. Harvard University Press. 2014

Taylor, Sonya Renee. The Body Is Not an Apology: the Power of Radical Self-Love. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. 2018

Washington, Margaret. Sojourner Truth's America. University of Illinois Press. 2009


Education and Housing panelists

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Noliwe Rooks

The W.E.B. Du Bois Professor

Morrill Hall, Room 403a
American Studies Program, Africana Studies and Research Center
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Kendra Bischoff

Associate Professor

Uris Hall, Room 338
Sociology, Center for the Study of Inequality, American Studies Program
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Sergio I Garcia-Rios

Assistant Professor

White Hall, Room 308
Latina/o Studies Program, Government
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Daniel T. Lichter

Ferris Family Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Robert S. Harrison Director of the Institute for Social Sciences

M Van Rensselaer Hall, Room 1302A
Center for the Study of Inequality

References and resources:

Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun: A Drama in Three Acts. New York: Random House, 1959.

Harlan, Louis R. Separate and Unequal: Public School Campaigns and Racism in the Southern Seaboard States, 1901-1915. University of North Carolina Press, 1958.

Harris, Adam and Adraint Khadafhi Bereal (photographer). "The Black Yearbook: Photos from the University of Texas at Austin," The Atlantic, September 2020 issue.

Harris, Adam. "The Limits of Desegregation in Washington, D.C.," The Atlantic, September 29, 2020.

Harris, Adam. "The Undoing of a Tennessee Town," The Atlantic, September 29, 2020.

Harris, Adam. "The Persistence of Segregation in South Carolina," The Atlantic, September 29, 2020.

Joffe-Walt, Chana. "Nice White Parents," (podcast) Serial and the New York Times, July 23, 2020.

Jones, Nikole Hannah. "The Problem We All Live With," This American Life, WBEZ Chicago, July 31, 2015. 

Massey, Douglas S. and Nancy A. Denton. American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the UnderclassHarvard University Press, 1998.

Myrdal, Gunnar and Ralphe Bunche. An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern DemocracyHarper & Brothers, 1944.

Rooks, Noliwe. Cutting School: The Segrenomics of American Education. New York: The New Press, 2017.

Taylor, Keanga-Yamata. Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.

United States, National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Report). February 29, 1968.

Wilkerson, Isabelle. Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. New York: Random House, 2020.

Wilkerson, Isabelle. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. New York: Random House, 2010.

Policing and Incarceration panelists

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Peter K. Enns

Professor, Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Co-Director of the Cornell Center for Social Sciences

White Hall, Room 205
Government, American Studies Program
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Anna R. Haskins

Assistant Professor

Uris Hall, Room 354
Sociology, Center for the Study of Inequality, American Studies Program
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Sabrina Karim

Hardis Family Assistant Professor

White Hall, Room 315
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Joseph Margulies

Professor of Practice

White Hall, Room 216
Government, American Studies Program

References and resources

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: [Jackson, Tenn.]: New Press; Distributed by Perseus Distribution, 2010.

Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. Anchor Books, 2009

Blair, Robert, Sabrina Karim, Benjamin Morse, 2019. “Establishing the Rule of Law in Weak and War-torn States: Evidence from a Field Experiment with the Liberian National Police,” American Political Science Review, 113(3): 641–657

Davis, Angela Yvonne. Are Prisons Obsolete? New York: Seven Stories Press, 2003.

Enns, Peter. Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World. Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Forman, James. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.

Gilmore, Ruth Wilson. Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California. 1st ed., University of California Press, 2007. 

Haskins, Anna R., Mariana Amorim, and Meaghan Mingo. 2018. “Parental Incarceration and Child Outcomes: Those at Risk, Evidence of Impacts, Methodological Insights, and Areas of Future Work.” Sociology Compass 12:e12562 1-14. 

Haskins, Anna R. and Hedwig Lee. 2016. “Reexamining Race when Studying the Consequences of Criminal Justice Contact for Families.” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 665: 224-230.

Hubler, Shawn and Julie Bosman. "A Crisis That Began With an Image of Police Violence Keeps Providing More." New York Times, June 5, 2020.

Jackson, George, 1941-. Soledad Brother; the Prison Letters of George Jackson. New York :Coward-McCann, 1970.

Karim, Sabrina. "Relational State Building in Areas of Limited Statehood: Experimental Evidence on the Attitudes of the Police.American Political Science Review 114.2 (2020): 536-551.

Muhammad, Khalil G. The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. Harvard University Press, 2010.

Richie, Beth. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation. NYU Press, 2012.

Robertson, Campbell. "Crime Is Down, Yet U.S. Incarceration Rates Are Still Among the Highest in the World." New York Times, April 25, 2019.

Schrader, Stuart. Badges without borders: how global counterinsurgency transformed American policing. Vol. 56. University of California Press, 2019.

Stevenson, Bryan. "Slavery gave America a fear of black people and a taste for violent punishment. Both still define our criminal-justice system." New York Times Magazine, August 14, 2019.

Wacquant, Loic. "Deadly Symbiosis: When Ghetto and Prison Meet and Mesh." Punishment & Society. 2001;3(1):95-133. doi:10.1177/14624740122228276

Woodfox, Albert. Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope. New York: Grove Press, 2019.