How Black Lives Matter Came to the Academy

This session focuses on the recent social media movement in #BlackInTheIvory that gained traction last summer on Twitter as a space for students and faculty to air grievances about racism in academia.

Panel Moderator - Kristal Brent Zook, PhD
Journalism professor Kristal Brent Zook, PhD has published work on race, women, culture, and social justice featured in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and digital outlets, including The New York Times and The New Yorker, where she recently wrote about #BlackInTheIvory.

Veronica A. Lippencott, PhD is an adjunct professor of Global Studies and Geography.  She serves as director of the Africana Studies program and is the associate director of the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice at Hofstra University

Tomeka Robinson, PhD is a professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy and the director of Forensics in the Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric.  Additionally, she has been invited to give several lectures through the US and Brazil and regularly gives commentary to regional and national news organizations about issues of politics, health, and race.

Alexander Pineda is a CNN producer and 2015 Hofstra graduate.  Alex loves exploring the intersection between news, race, and politics.

Binko Mandela Gray, PhD is the assistant professor of Religion at Syracuse University.  He writes, teaches and thinks about blackness, religion, and embodiment, particularly as it relates to ethics and resistance movements.  He has followed #BlackInTheIvory and tweeted about it @BikoMandelaGray. 

Presented by The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021

Time: 2:40 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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