Dornsife Dialogues: The Truth of Being Black in America

Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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What are some of the many ways in which the health and lives of some Americans are in jeopardy simply because they’re Black? And what are some of the things the public can do to help change that? The discussion is co-sponsored by the USC Gould School of Law.

April Thames, USC Dornsife associate professor of psychology and psychiatry, has published research regarding the biologically toxic effects of racism. She’s the director of the Social Neuroscience in Health Psychology Lab

Jody Armour, USC Gould’s Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law, is an expert on racial justice, criminal justice, and the rule of law. He’s also the author of Negrophobia & Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America. His forthcoming book: N*gga Theory: Race, Language, Unequal Justice, and the Law Paperback – August 18, 2020

Blossom Brown is a prominent activist for transgender equality with the Los Angeles LGBT Center and board member of Black LGBTQ+Activists for Change, which organized the historic All Black Lives Matter March

Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager for USC Dornsife’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, combines her experience as a pastor and expertise as a community leader to run programs that train pastors to take on civic engagement work

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Join us for stimulating online forums in which leading scholars and distinguished alumni from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences share new perspectives, research-based findings, and fresh insight on timely topics.

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