College of Arts and Letters presents panel discussion on racism, civil disobedience and racial justice

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The university continues its dialogue on race and racism when the College of Arts and Letters presents a panel discussion: “Structural Racism, Civil Disobedience, and the Road to Racial Justice in the Age of COVID-19.”

The program, which will take place virtually on Zoom, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. It can be accessed on Zoom from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android at https://csusb.zoom.us/j/91274598877.

Faculty panelists will share their personal and professional experiences while discussing what they can do to help students navigate this critical moment for racial equality and social justice in America.

Facilitated by Shafiq Rahman, chair of the Department of Communication Studies, the scheduled panel will include:

  • Ed Gomez, art and design;
  • Larry Hygh, Liliana Conlisk-Gallegos and Ahlam Muhtaseb, communication studies;
  • Rong Chen, English;
  • Nicholas Bratcher, music;
  • Eric Bayruns Garcia, philosophy;
  • Kristi Papailler, theatre arts; and
  • Estaban Cordoba and Oraib Mango, world languages and literatures.

The June 16 program is the latest in a series CSUSB has held to discuss race, racism and police brutality, and share possible solutions, in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man, while he was in the custody of four Minneapolis, Minn., police officers.

Two forums, “Race and Policing, A Panel Presentation and CSUSB Campus Conversation” on June 3 and “Conversations on Race and Policing (2), CSUSB Panel Presentation and Discussion” on June 10 can be viewed on YouTube. The university’s June 9 memorial for Floyd also focused on the Black Lives Matter movement.

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