A recording of this event will be shared on the Reframing the Conversation webpage once available.
“The antidote to feel-good history is not feel-bad history but honest and inclusive history.” – James W. Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Why is teaching inclusive histories important? How can we uproot misinformation in the classroom? Join the conversation on Sept 8 at 12 p.m. MT for the first iteration of Reframing the Conversation in the 2021-2022 academic year!
Reframing the Conversation is a monthly hybrid series. Attendees can join in person at the Marriott Library’s Gould Auditorium or virtually at diversity.utah.edu/rtc.
This is a mask-friendly event. Seating is limited to 70 attendees. Pizza will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Camden Alexander (she/her) is currently a sophomore studying at the University of Utah, who writes opinion articles for the Daily Utah Chronicle under the name CJ Alexander. She is pursuing two bachelor’s degrees in Criminology and Sociology, with hopes of becoming a prosecutor one day. Camden is also a Supreme Court Justice for ASUU, as well as an advocate for racial equality and civil rights education.
Dr. Christy, a native Californian, attended the University of Utah where she earned her undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees. Her dissertation focused on developing Equity Mindsets as a process for successful teaching all students. Engaging teachers in conversations about race was a framework used in her study. Having spent over 42 years in education as a teacher, principal, and central office administrator, Dr. Christy’s passion and interests have always been in addressing systemic inequities and meeting the needs of marginalized and students of color.
Kathleen has served on several commissions and boards throughout the years. She is actively involved in her church and community. She provides coaching, training, and consultation in equity and diversity and inclusion to schools, districts, and corporations. She serves as a leader and mentor in her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Kathleen is the mother of three adult children, six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
Stuart K. Culver, Ph.D. has been the dean for the College of Humanities since 2018 and a member of the U faculty since 1993. In that time, he has served in numerous roles including chair of the Department of English and associate dean for academic affairs. His scholarly and teaching focus has been on 19th- and 20th-century American literature and culture, photography, film, and theories of popular culture.
Edmund Fong (he/him) is an Associate Professor in the Division of Ethnic Studies and the Political Science Department as well as Chair of Ethnic Studies. He is a scholar of racial politics in the United States with a focus on the role of race in shaping American political culture and institutions across U.S. history. He is author of the book, “American Exceptionalism and the Remains of Race,” by Routledge Press and has published in journals and anthologies such as Political Research Quarterly, Politics, Groups and Identities, and the Oxford Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Politics in the U.S. He is currently working on a new book examining how we tell time through race in American politics.
Dr. William A. Smith is a full professor and department chair of Education, Culture & Society at the University of Utah. He also holds a joint appointment in the Ethnic Studies Program (African American Studies division) as a full professor. In 2018, he received the College of Education’s Faculty Service Award for Outstanding Research & Scholarship. In 2020, Dr. Smith was awarded the Spencer Foundation’s Mentor Award and the University of Utah’s Distinguished Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Mentor Award. In 2021, Dr. Smith was once again awarded one of the University of Utah’s highest honors with the Distinguished Professor Award for Scholarly Research and the Black Faculty & Staff’s highest award, the James McCune Smith Award of Veneration.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strives to contribute to an ecosystem of learning by hosting annual and monthly events aiming to educate all its participants on varying aspects of experience and identity. Reframing the Conversation brings together experts from across campus and the community to spark important conversations around racism, othering, and safety.
While continuing to identify and remove barriers and bias incidents targeting our campus community, persistent strides towards an institution where every member is given the opportunity to be educated on equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts will remain at the forefront of our work.