Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs: Minorities and the American Dream (1935-1968)

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A sequel to 2017’s well-received, Rise of the Right: the Age of Extremism, this daylong event looks at a period of deep and lasting change in American culture, bookended by the Roosevelt-era Great Depression social initiatives, and the signing of Lyndon Johnson’s Civil Rights Acts, signed into law in 1964-68. Causes and effects of those tumultuous times for minorities in America will be considered by experts. Our present state of affairs, in light of both new and established ethnic communities seeking to be seen and heard, will be the topic of an open panel discussion.

This event will be moderated by WILL associate director, Richard J. Friswell. Presenters will include: Professor Miles Orvell, Temple University; Professor Richard Adelstein, Wesleyan University; and a panel of presenters, moderated by Clifton Watson, Director of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships. His topic: Black Leadership Development and Political Activism in the Post-Colorblind and Post-Truth Era. His panelists will include Lorenzo Jones, of the Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice; Earl Bloodworth, of the Warren Kimbro Re-entry Project; Alexis Bivens, Program Director of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation; and representatives from the Perrin Family Foundation, Latino/a and Muslim community.


In conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration of Wesleyan's African-American Studies Program.
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Instructor: Richard J. Friswell, Moderator

October 6, 2018   9:00 am-4:30 pm, lunch included

Allbritton 311

Registration is free for the first 20 Wesleyan students that register, for more information please contact Jessie Steele.

Richard J. Friswell, Moderator

RICHARD J. FRISWELL received his MPhil from Wesleyan in 2014, where he was awarded the Rulewater Prize for interdisciplinary scholarship. He is a cultural historian and associate director of the WILL program and managing editor of ARTES, a fine arts e-magazine. He is an elected member of the International Art Critics Association and author of a collection of autobiographical short stories, Balancing Act: Postcards from the Edge of Risk and Reward. He lectures and speaks widely on topics related to modernism, its art, literature, and history.