The Ashby Dialogues were created to honor the late Dr. Warren Ashby and his assertion that a university is “freedom in the search for and service of truth.” Every year, the UNCG program invites faculty and students from at least two academic departments to meet at least once a month to discuss crucial issues and to build a community of inquiry. This year’s fall dialogues have been curated by professors in the African American and African Diaspora Studies, Sociology and Anthropology departments. On Sept. 9 the series began at the Alumni House with “White Privilege and the Black Experience,” moderated by Dr. Robert L. Anemone, professor of Biological Anthropology and Paleoanthropology at UNCG.
The second session will be Oct. 11, 5-6:15 p.m. in Curry Auditorium (225), when Mark Anthony Neal, professor in Duke University’s African and African American Studies department, will speak about race relations on North Carolina campuses. Dr. Tara T. Green, professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at UNCG, will moderate the dialogue following the talk.
The third session, “Race, Gender, Identity, and (In)visibility” will be on Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This discussion will concern Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, a National Book Award finalist. The lyric essay presents experiences of daily life that are affected by racial injustice and police brutality. Students are asked to bring responses to the text, which may include poems, journal entries and video blogs. Dr. Shelly Brown-Jeffy, associate professor of sociology, will moderate this discussion.
To enroll in the public Canvas.org course, visit https://aas.uncg.edu/ashby/2016-17/race-activism-campus-speech/