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  • Irving Glovin Lecture 2021: "Africana Jewish Studies" by Dr. Lewis R. Gordon, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, University of Connecticut
    March 25, 2021, 7:00 PM

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Biography: Lewis R. Gordon is an Afro-Jewish philosopher, political thinker, educator, and musician (drums, other percussive instruments, and piano) who holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University. Gordon’s research in philosophy is in Africana philosophy, philosophy of existence, phenomenology, social and political philosophy, philosophy of culture, aesthetics, philosophy of education, philosophy of science, philosophy of psychiatry, and philosophy of psychoanalysis.

    Description: The term “Africana” refers to Africans and the African diaspora. This lecture will focus on the question and study of Jews who are also members of the African diaspora. It will involve a discussion of what “Jewish people” and “Judaism” mean and address how religion played a role in the formation of race and how the latter affected subsequent understandings of religion. It will also address distinctions between African and Black and how both are affected in the study of Jews who are both. The talk will conclude with some reflections on the implications this discussion offers for the study of Jewish ethics and understanding of liberation.

    The Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation established The Glovin Lectures to foster the discussion of diversity, mutual respect and the principles of “good human conduct”.

  • Safe Space for White Questions - March Edition
    March 31, 2021, 12:30 PM

    This is a series of free, public, monthly drop-in sessions that are open to all but aimed at people who identify as white and are interested in working toward collective liberation. Come ask the questions about race, racism, social change, and social justice you always wonder about but feel nervous asking. You won't offend us (unless you're trying to—please don't do that!).

    The event will be moderated by Alex Khasnabish (Mount Saint Vincent University) and Ajay Parasram (Dalhousie University).

    This event will be live-streamed via Fernwood Publishing's YouTube channel. Watch live (and find recordings of past editions) here:  

    Can't make it but still have questions you'd like answered? Please leave your questions here:

    Below are dates for future sessions of Safe Space for White Questions:
    Wednesday April 28th, 12:30 pm- 1:30pm AST

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