As we approach the final year of the Obama era, this lecture will assess what became of a leader whose election in 2008 apparently heralded a new post-racial America. Has Barack Obama’s presidency delivered the kind of deep-rooted changes that were initially prophesised? Had Obama abandoned his core African-American constituency in favour of projecting a race-neutral approach designed to maintain centrist support? How do we assess Obama’s leadership on issues like policing in the context of the current Black Lives Matter movement that is challenging police brutality? What has become of Obama’s ‘no drama’ persona in this final period of his two-term presidency?
The Centre for Research in Race and Rights and the Department of American and Canadian Studies present this event. Taking place right after Armistice Day, this includes talks by Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier, James Brookes and Rosemary Pearce.
Tags: armistice, Armistice Day, Celeste-Marie Bernier, Centre for Research in Race and Rights, Department of American and Canadian Studies, James Brookes, race, Rosemary Pearce, Waterstones, World War One
At the 50th anniversaries of the UK Race Relations Act and the US Civil Rights Movement, join the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R) and its partners for a day of panel debates. Plus hip hop performance and dialogues featuring Akala and activist-scholars Dr Monica Miller and Dr James Peterson from 6.30pm to 9pm. Part of Black History Month 2015.
Tags: Black Lives Matter, Bright Ideas, British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of American and Canadian Studies, James Peterson, Monica Miller, Nottingham Contemporary, panel, race, The Monitoring Group
Come along to a screening of Making Waves, followed by a Q&A with director Patcee Francis from Syncopate Media. This documentary compares the lives of young black people growing up in the 1980’s with those growing up today. Nearly 40 years after the 1976 Race Relations Act Making Waves documents the life stories of first and second-generation black, British citizens from the African-Caribbean communities. Part of Black History Month 2015.
In this Get Up Stand Up! event, Martin Glynn (Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement), Vivien Miller (Centre for Research in Race and Rights), and Get Up Stand Up artists will debate the topic ‘Black men and invisibility: how to rethink the criminal justice system’.
In this Get Up Stand Up! event, Lubaina Himid (Institute for Black Atlantic Research), Celeste-Marie Bernier (Centre for Research in Race and Rights), Veronica Barnes (Blue Mountain Ladies Group) and Bo Olawoye (Learning & Engagement Curator) will debate the topic ‘Cultural activism: how to make black histories visible’.
Dr Lauri Johnson, Boston College, presents ‘Leading with their lives: three generations of black and South Asian headteachers, 1969-2015’.
The Centre for Research in Race and Rights, the Department of American and Canadian Studies, and Nottingham Contemporary present ‘Critical whiteness: US and UK perspectives’.
The Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R) and New Art Exchange present ‘Kara Walker’s Pornopticon: racial sensations’. Professor Robyn Wiegman, a leading professor of race and gender at Duke University, will be joined in conversation by Professor Zoe Trodd, Department of American and Canadian Studies.