Upcoming Virtual Talks Around Social Justice

Thought Gallery stands in solidarity with our Black co-workers, colleagues, friends, and neighbors. We are dedicated to promoting a diversity of views in what we curate for the site. The events below encompass Black Lives Matter, historical struggles, and the ongoing effort to fulfill the American promise of equality for all.

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On Leadership. Former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives (and very nearly the state’s governor) Stacey Abrams presents her fight for fair elections along with her new book  Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America. Thursday, June 11th at the Y. On Tuesday, June 16th, you can hear the inspiring story of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who joins The Guardian to talk about her new book, This Is What America Looks Like, and a childhood in Mogadishu on to her current position as the first refugee ever elected to the U.S. Congress. On Monday, June 8th, the New-York Historical Society hosts a broader look at leadership, with historians examining unrest in the city’s past and how it can help inform our approach to the present.

Toward Greater EquityDeva Woodly, Associate Professor of Politics at The New School, draws on the radical Black feminist philosophy of the Movement for Black Lives to look into The Politics of Care and why this moment is so critical; Thursday, June 18th. The New School marks Juneteenth this year with From the Epicenter: Infrastructures of Inclusion, a Transatlantic program “address the inequities and injustices of the last four decades of global development and economic growth policies, the antisocial turn in urbanist and design practices, and planetary-scale environmental destruction.” It will doubtless be a long, hot summer in NYC. Join the Cary Institute on Thursday, June 18th for a science talk on Extreme Heat, COVID, & Equity in New York City. Open House New York continues its Conversations on the City on Thursday, June 25th with professor of urban policy and health Mindy Fullilov (co-author of From Enforcers to Guardians: A Public Health Primer on Ending Police Violence) who’ll address the way disconnects within sections of cities has a negative impact on health. Gene Sperling, the only person to serve as Director of the National Economic Council under two Presidents, speaks on Sunday, June 14th, advocating a major shift in American financial aims to accommodate Economic Dignity.

For Social Justice. On Tuesday, June 9th, The Guardian welcomes journalists from its U.S. newsroom to question whether the murder of George Young is finally enough to break the cycle of state brutality. On Sunday, June 7th, Think Olio deploys ancient Taoist and Buddhist mindfulness practices (with a little help from western social psychology) to push back against 500 years of racist social conditioning. In another mashup of faiths, Monday, June 8th the Y brings in Rabbi Peter Rubinstein and Reverend Jacques Andre DeGraff to ask Building Bridges: Is It Possible? At noon on Friday, June 5th, the T. Howard Foundation will look at everyday prejudice with a webinar on Unpacking Unconscious Bias & Microagressions. On Thursday, June 11th, join Angie Beeman, author of the forthcoming Liberal White Supremacy: The Role of Progressives in Silencing Racial and Class Oppression, will look at the splits among progressives, radicals, and well-meaning liberals. Police forces have been arresting, attacking, and otherwise targeting journalists, in a continuation of President Trump’s “enemy of the people” slurs. On Monday, June 8th, the Deutsches Haus at NYU brings together a press critic with a philosopher, historian, and journalists to address Journalists as Hate Object: Populism, Authoritarianism, and the Free Press.

Beyond NYC. Join authors Nina Lakhani and and Jon Watts as they launch their book on Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, Who Killed Berta Cáceres? Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet, on Friday, June 5th. On Thursday, June 25th, you can join Teresien da Silva, Head of Collections at the Anne Frank House, for a discussion of Anne’s life, legacy, and diary, hosted by the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Los Angeles in the ’60s has much relevance to the unrest we’re seeing today. Join the London School of Economics on Monday, June 8th, as the authors of Set the Night on Fire: LA in the Sixties present their book. On Tuesday, June 9th, you can connect withLGBTQIA+ activist George Johnson as he discusses his memoir-manifesto All Boys Aren’t Blue and the discrimination he faced coming of age in New Jersey and Virginia. Also on Tuesday, catch a screening and conversation for The Condor and the Eagle, which tells the stories of four prominent Native environmental spokespeople.

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