Science & Arts: Building Bridges/ Dismantling Racism for the Common Good

June 09 - June 11

USAO Ballroom
1727 W. Chickasha Ave.
Chickasha, OK, OK 73018
United States
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This conference will examine the characteristics of systemic racism and its impact on everyday life by exploring the interrelated themes of diversity, alienation (anomie), whiteness and community. Presentations developed around these themes will establish critical frameworks for understanding how race and racial ideologies persist in shaping social and cultural institutions, which mediate interconnectedness and/or social isolation between individuals and social groups, and how these factors foster or hinder community-building.

Break-out sessions will be facilitated each day by the staff of the Institute for the Healing of Memories (IMH) to help participants process their feelings, experiences and a general understanding of the topics presented. 

The conference design is based on the organizers’ conviction that addressing racism necessitates a rigorous interdisciplinary approach and also needs to bridge the gap between academic research and teaching and social activism beyond the university.