Kevin Fye | July 11, 2020
Prompted by recent killings and the social upheaval arising in their aftermath, our nation has awakened to the brutality of institutional racism and the violence to human dignity it has wrought in communities of color, now and throughout America’s history. Many who had previously failed to recognize and understand the structures of racism are now seeking to educate themselves.
In response, the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights has announced a year-long initiative entitled “Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary.” The project seeks to educate students and members of the broader Notre Dame community, helping them explore and deconstruct concepts that undergird racism. The initiative confronts these core issues through three interconnected projects.
Educating students and the wider community
The initiative features a one-credit course for Notre Dame students that will engage concepts and events necessary to understand the ways in which racism has infected our nation. The course is designed to help students gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the social, historical and moral structures that support racial injustice.
A weekly lecture-and-dialogue series will be central to the curricular program and open to the public. This part of the initiative will feature guest speakers — academics, authors, government officials, policymakers and Church officials — who will engage with a specific term or concept in order to open it up to deeper understanding. Included will be broad, relatively familiar terms such as “institutional racism” and “intersectionality,” as well as specific topics and events like “voter suppression,” “health disparities,” “Tulsa,” “mass incarceration” and so on. Following a TED-style presentation, each speaker will take questions submitted by audience members and offer resources for further exploration.
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