November 11, 2014
Presenting to a standing-room audience of over 300 people, john's topic "From Freedom Summer to Ferguson: Why we need a new culture of belonging," touched on the three modes of being in society—economic, political, ontological—and the urgent need to create a culture of belonging and inclusivity, especially in light of the events in Ferguson, MO and the changing demographics of Kentucky as a whole.
john also presented closing remarks for a breakfast panel titled "From Research to Activism," speaking to the links needed between the academy and community activism around issues of Othering and racial justice. Past Anne Braden Memorial Lectures include Robin D.G. Kelley, Michelle Alexander, and Julian Bond.