It is a yearlong experience featuring an overarching theme that is different each year. With the Common Experience, participants will explore thought-provoking material at both the personal and academic level. University-wide events and other opportunities related to the Common Experience will be held throughout the academic year to further build community and facilitate meaningful discussions.
By Ruqaiijah Yearby
This longer essay by Ruqaiijah Yearby addresses the continuing inequalities and “structural racism [that] prevents African Americans from obtaining equal access to resources such as wealth, employment, income, and healthcare, resulting in racial disparities in health.”
By Joe Heim
This article by Joe Heim of The Washington Post brings together five noted historians to discuss the ways that “aspects of slavery are misunderstood, poorly taught, or not covered at all” in classrooms. The responses from historians address the whitewashing of textbooks and invite discussion of the ways that all academic disciplines support systemic racism..
By Nikole Hannah-Jones
This podcast is episode three in The New York Times’1619 audio series. The series is named for the year in which the first enslaved Africans were brought to American and the damage and violence 250 years of slavery that followed. This episode is described thus: “America heard the sound of complete artistic freedom in black music, and then claimed that music as its own. ‘And that’s ironic,’ Wesley Morris tells us. ‘Because this is the sound of a people who, for decades and centuries, have been denied freedom.’
|10/28/20 @ 3 p.m.
Lecture Series: Racial Health Disparities - From Tuskegee to COVID-19
A deeper look into the disparities within the healthcare system, both historically and today
|9/30/20 @ 3 p.m.
Lecture Series: Media and Our Perceptions of Race
With an emphasis on information literacy, panelists discuss the inequties within media outlets and institutions and how they influence our ideas of race
Call to Action
Towards Greater Understanding of the Issues