Confronting our Racial Past: A Discussion of Caste and Stamped from the Beginning with Vice Presidents Dorothy Mosby and Kijua Sanders-McMurtry

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Sponsored by the Alumnae Association, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Isabel Wilkerson’s pivotal work, Caste has led to many insightful conversations around the criticality of understanding race, place and caste in global contexts. Ibram Kendi’s landmark, award winning text Stamped from the Beginning challenged all of its readers to think deeply about American constructions of race and racism as part of a human hierarchy. All alums are invited to join a dialogue on race, racism, anti-blackness, anti-semitism and other forms of oppression within these constructs. This dialogue will be a conversation between Dorothy Mosby and Kijua Sanders-McMurtry that we hope will also engage alums who have read one or both of these texts and are interested in discussing further how we might all confront our racial past. 

Dorothy Mosby is Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty and the Mary Woolley Professor of Spanish. She joined the faculty in 2003. 

Kijua Sanders-McMurtry is Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. She joined the College as the inaugural person in her role in 2018. 

This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

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Monday, January 25 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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Academic, Diversity & Inclusion, Social Justice

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Faculty, Alums, Staff

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