Saturday, June 2, 2018| 8:30-5:00PM
Moritz School of Law, Saxbe Auditorium

We Who Believe in Freedom: A Symposium on Teaching Civil Rights

 We Who Believe In Freedom: A Symposium on Teaching the Civil Rights Movement will gather seventeen leading scholars of African American history, whose research and teaching expertise in history, literature, film, music, archives (traditional and online), and nonviolence have shaped the field of civil rights history over the last twenty years, to develop a pedagogical model, including a comprehensive curriculum, for teaching the civil rights movement accurately and effectively that can be used by educators at the collegiate, secondary, and elementary school levels.

Schedule of Events

8:30AM: Continental Breakfast

8:45AM: Welcome and Occasion
Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ohio State University

9:00AM-10:15AM: Panel I
“Reframing the Civil Rights Movement: Opposition, Regionalization, Strategies and Tactics”
Stephen Berrey (University of Michigan)
Patrick Jones (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
Christopher Strain (Florida Atlantic University)

10:30AM-11:45PM: Panel II
“Teaching Iconic Civil Rights People, Organizations, and Events from Freedom Summer to the Black Panther Party”
Nicole Burrowes (University of Texas, Austin)
LaTasha Levy (University of Washington)
Clarence Lang (Kansas University)
Shawn Leigh Alexander (University of Kansas)
Jakobi Williams (Indiana University)

1:00PM-2:00PM: Lunch Break
Take advantage of the many restaurants available on High Street, or The Ohio Union.

2:00PM-3:15PM—Panel III
“Sources for Teaching the Civil Rights Movement: From Oral History and Music to Websites and Archives”
Todd Moye (University of North Texas)
Charles Hughes (Rhodes College)
John Gartrell (Duke University)
Karlyn Forner (Duke University)

3:30PM-4:45PM—Panel IV
“Methods for Teaching the Civil Rights Movement: Using Literature, Film, Immersive Experiences, and Contemporary struggles in the Classroom”
Julie Buckner Armstrong (University of South Florida)
Hasan Kwame Jeffries (Ohio State University)
Wesley Hogan (DukeUniversity)
Shannon King (College of Wooster)

Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ohio State University


May 21, 2018

In Conversation: Pathways and Advice for Women of Color Faculty Entering University Administration

8:30AM-5:30PM | Hale Hall | 154 W. 12th Ave.

February 8, 2018

Girls of Color: Resistance & the Politics of Empowerment Symposium

Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 9:30AM-4:00PM | Interfaith Reflection Room, Student Union

The symposium will consist of two roundtables; “Black Girlhoods” and “Capitalizing on Girls,” in addition to two keynote addresses:

  • Dr. Abosede George, Theorizing #BringBackOurGirls within Nigerian Feminist Histories”
  • Jasmine Phillips Sankofa, J.D., “Black Girls and the (Im)possibility of the Victim Trope”

This event is free and open to the public. For a full schedule and to register for lunch, please register by Thursday, February 1, 2018.

The event is co-sponsored with the Human Rights in Transit Discovery Theme.

Contact Professor Wendy Hesford with questions.


December 1-2, 2017

“Beyond the Carceral State”

Reconstruction is an organization founded and maintained by the principled leadership of returning citizens, exemplifies how capacity building within and beyond marginalizations are enriching systemic change; this, toward the realization of a new justice paradigm.  Guided by the co-facilitation of William Goldsby (Reconstruction Founder and Chair) and our very own Townsand Price-Spratlen (Sociology), the lived experience of these themes will be expressed by and through the presence, voices, and vision of Reconstruction members, and an additional group in videoconference fellowship from the Philadelphia Reconstruction office.

December 1st

“Living Beyond the Carceral State: Challenges and Possibilities”

December 2nd

Panel Discussion

October 18-19, 2017

“Incarceration and Art Production,” a graduate workshop featuring Nicole Fleetwood (Rutgers University). Her visit will coincide with a symposium titled: Collecting, Curating, and Creating Black Art. The symposium is being planned in conjunction with the exhibition “Start at Home: Art from the Frank W. Hale, Jr., Collection,” art selected from the Hale Black Cultural Center’s massive collection that has heretofore been archived. More details to come.

September 19-20, 2017

The Contemporary Ramifications of Slavery: Workshop and Public Dialogue

This two-day event will feature Dionne Brand, English and Theatre Studies professor of the University of Guelph, and Christina Sharpe, English professor of Tufts University.

Professor Brand is a poet, a novelist, and an essayist. Her writings typically involve the topics of social justice, particularly on the issues of gender and race. She has written more than a dozen books, and her specialties are reflected in works such as the novel What We all Long For (2005) and her books of poetry, including thirsty and Inventory.

Professor Sharpe specializes in subjects such as black visual studies, black queer studies, black diaspora studies, and mid-nineteenth century African American Literature and culture. She has authored several articles and essays on blackness, ethics, and the subject of Black Studies, as well as two books- Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post Slavery Subjects (2011) and In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016).

On Tuesday, September 19th, they will be in the Thompson Library for a public dialogue moderated by OSU African American and African Studies professors Simone Drake and Franco Barchiesi, as well as a book signing, from 3:30 to 5pm. On Wednesday, September 20th from 11:30am until 1:30pm, they will be present for a graduate student workshop and lunch in University Hall.

This event is co-sponsored by Human Rights in Transit, and the Transnational Black Citizenship Project, as well as the Thompson Library Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

August 31, 2017

Screening and Talkback for DETROIT

Gateway Film Center | 6:00PM-9:00PM

Featuring our very own Dr. Hasan Jeffries (History)

April 7-8, 2017

The Somali Diaspora in the U.S.

Cawo Abdi, University of Minnesota (Sociology) 

Author of Elusive Jannah: The Somali Diaspora and a Borderless Muslim Identity

 Catherine Besteman, Colby College (Anthropology)

Author of Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine


Islamophobia, Racialization and Somali Youth

12:00pm-2:00pm ~ 386 University Hall
A graduate workshop and lunch. Assigned readings will be distributed in advance of the workshop.
To register, please contact: Dr. Simone Drake (

Somali Migrations: Challenges and Opportunities

5:00pm-6:30pm ~ Hale Hall, MLK Lounge
This event is free and open to the OSU and Central Ohio community.


Strategies for Anti-Immigrant Policies and Practices

1:00pm-3:00pm ~ AAAS Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave.
This event will be held off-campus. The event is free and open to the OSU and Central Ohio community.

February 13th, 2017

What Does America Owe Black People?: The Case for Reparations

Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries (OSU History)

Dave Griner Room, RPAC | 5:30PM-7:00PM

This is part of a “Read-In” series that includes a short suggested reading to launch conversations about issues relating to Black citizenship in the U.S.


January 22, 2017

Screening and Talkback for Hidden Figures

Gateway Film Center | 3:00PM-6:00PM

This event is in collaboration with Rise Sister Rise and The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Ohio Chapter