Teach-in to touch on racial issues

by Ross Cristantiello / Beacon Staff • October 13, 2016

In an effort to spur conversation about race-related issues at Emerson, the college is convening a teach-in at various locations across campus, according to an email sent by President M. Lee Pelton. A teach-in is an educational forum, similar to a seminar but with less restrictions on topics and time.

This event sprouted from the ad-hoc Cultural Competency Committee formed in Spring 2015 as a reaction to student protest about the lack of diversity among faculty members and the treatment of students of color, according to the Teach-In’s Facebook event.

Beginning at 10 a.m. in the Cutler Majestic Theater, the teach-in will feature a keynote speech from Eddie Glaude, Jr., chair of the Center for African American Studies and the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University.

Glaude’s talk, entitled “A Revolution of Value: A Politics for Our Time,” will focus on changing how Americans should view their government and race, according to a schedule posted on Emerson’s website.

Pelton also wrote that the teach-in is organized with support from the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Associate Professor Jabari Asim from the writing, literature, and publishing department.

Programs will run until 4 p.m., each lasting about an hour. Topics will include the criminal justice system, casting for stage and media, and more. Guest professors, activists, and writers will participate, in addition to members of the Emerson community.

The full schedule can be found on Emerson’s website.