Learn more about events hosted by the Racial Justice Institute.

Upcoming Racial Justice Institute Events

Racial Justice: Intersections and Possibilities

September 21st, 2023, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Meet members of the RJI team and learn about upcoming 2023-24 events and activities with Refreshments and conversations to follow. Moderator: Nina Angela Mercer
– Anita Gonzalez, professor of performing arts and African-American studies
– Derek Griffith, Founder and Director of the Center for Men’s Health Equity, Member of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Professor of Health Management & Policy and Oncology
– Robin A. Lenhardt, Agnes Williams Sesquicentennial Professor of Race, Law, and Justice; Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
– Evelyn Patterson, professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy

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John Carroll Weekend: Nashville

April 1, 2022, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

“Iconic Voices for Civil Rights, Racial Justice, and Self-Determination: The Music of James Brown, Ray Charles, B. B. King, and More.” Speakers: Soyica Colbert, PhD (C’01); Anita Gonzalez, PhD; Rosemary Kilkenny (L’87, Parent’06); Robert Patterson, PhD (C’02)

John Carroll Weekend: Nashville

Saturday, April 2, 2022, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Board of Governors Plenary Session Panel Discussion: “Racial Justice at Georgetown: The Departmentalization of African American Studies and the Racial Justice Institute.” A presentation by Dr. Robert Patterson (C’02), professor of African American Studies and the inaugural chair of the Department of African American Studies at Georgetown University, and Dr. Anita Gonzalez, professor of performing arts and African American studies at Georgetown University and a co-Founder of the Racial Justice Institute

Values-Based Lecture

April 21, 2022, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Griffith presents the lecture titled “I’m a little lost… is health equity on the way to social justice, or are they the same place?” This virtual event will be moderated by Dr. Debbie Barrington, assistant professor in the school’s Department of Human Science. The Committee on Mission and Values is pleased to sponsor this virtual event..

Indigenous Racial Justice – “How We Go Missing”

Spring 2022

In conjunction with the Anishinaabe Theater Exchange’s residency this Spring, the Racial Justice Institute will host a panel discussion entitled “How We Go Missing.” This panel will highlight the many ways Native American people have, and continue to, go missing in the United States both physically and metaphorically.

Anishinaabe Theater Exchange Residency

May 2022

The Racial Justice Institute and Lab for Global Performance and Politics sponsor the performance of a new work developed by the Anishinaabe Theater Exchange titled “How we go Missing” as a part of their biannual event The Gathering. The Anishinaabe Theater Exchange is a Native artist collective that aims to wield the power of theater to share Native American stories and activate community networks.

Zora On My Mind Residency

May 2022

A performance residency, sponsored by the Racial Justice Institute in May 2022, will give space and time for the continued development of Zora on My Mind, a jazz/blues chamber musical. This new musical written by Racial Justice Institute co-founder/leader Anita Gonzalez explores the nuances of representation, independence, and success for Black women.

Past RJI Events

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Are you looking to get involved with racial justice, or trying to find a space for your racial-justice-aligned group? The RJI has a reservable meeting space available.

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