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In Real Time » A Panel Discussion on the History of Democracy, Racism, and Ideology
In this virtual panel discussion moderated by Dr. Caree Banton and developed in partnership with the University of Arkansas Dept. of African and African American Studies, University of Arkansas professors Dr. Najja K. Baptist, assistant professor of political science, and Scott Eidelman, associate professor in the Dept. of Psychological Science, will discuss the insurrection on Capitol Hill that took place on January 6, including the historical significance of this moment, and how we can move forward. The discussion will also focus on the history of democracy, racism, and ideology that brought us to where we are. When you register, a Zoom link will be emailed to you to join the event.
Since the attacks on the US Capitol, Crystal Bridges and the Momentary have been reflecting on our country’s crisis of culture. As we look for a path forward, we want to provide a space for civil discourse, offer historical perspectives, lift up marginalized voices, and carry forth the work of promoting equality. In Real Time is a series of live, virtual programs formed in response to current events affecting our community at large. The programming comprises a variety of opportunities, such as panel discussions, community conversations, open mic sessions, and education resources for participants to hear from and connect with community leaders, artists, and subject matter experts about select topics “in real time.” In Real Time programming will be ongoing. Check our calendar for upcoming events. Read more about our commitment to being an antiracist institution.
Free, registration required.
Dr. Caree Banton is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora History and the Director of the African and African American Studies Program at the University of Arkansas. Banton received a MA in Development Studies from the University of Ghana in July 2012 and completed her doctoral work at Vanderbilt University in June 2013. Her research focuses on movements around abolition, emancipation, colonization as well as ideas of citizenship, blackness, and nationhood in the 19th century. Her research has been supported by a number of fellowships, including the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, the Andrew M. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, the Lapidus Center Fellowship at the Schomburg Center and the Nancy Weiss Malkiel Fellowship for exceptional scholarship and participation in service activities. Banton teaches classes in Caribbean History, African Diaspora History, and race. She is a member of the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy and has been named a Master Teacher in Fulbright College. Her book, More Auspicious Shores: Barbadian Migration to Liberia, Blackness, and the Making of the African Republic, that explores continuities and mutabilities in black experiences of freedom, citizenship, and nationhood across the Atlantic world was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2019. Banton is currently working on a collaborative project with an archaeologist that explores the materials, objects, and architecture of the back-to-Africa movement.
Dr. Najja K. Baptist is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. He earned his doctorate in political science from Howard University and his work has appeared in numerous journals, such as National Political Science Review; Journal of Race and Ethnicity; Politics, Groups, and Identities; and other outlets. Dr. Baptist’s work is primarily focused on Black politics, social movements, culture, political behavior, public opinion, and mass media in the United States. My project examines how the current president engages with Congress members, specifically southern Congressional Black Caucus women of color.
Scott Eidelman is an associate professor in the Department of Psychological Science, and teaches courses on social and political psychology, including a seminar on stereotyping and prejudice. His research focuses on the psychological underpinnings of political ideologies and why people tend to prefer the status quo. He is currently investigating the psychology of reactionism and anti-intellectualism.