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Community Conversation Series

Our Community Conversation series features experts across diverse disciplines from both industry and academia. These conversations offer a deeper understanding of the complexities of race and ethnicity by centering the lived experiences of people of color. RESI’s community conversations serve as an opportunity for faculty, students, staff and community members to engage in facilitated dialogue regarding critical issues of race and ethnicity. In contrast to our Colloquium Series, this program does not necessarily feature the exposition of research. Our Community Conversation series reflect on the struggles of marginalized groups and focus on amplifying the voice of those who have been underrepresented. Attendees can expect to engage in an informal exchange of ideas with the presenter and each other.

When available, RESI makes recordings of our community conversations available to the public after the presentation via YouTube. Recordings can also be found directly linked from the titles below. Note that due to the intimate nature of this program, not all conversations may have a video recording. 


Presenter: Dr. Nicole Fleetwood, New York University.

Title: Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Presenter: Dr. Portia Owusu, Department of English | Texas A&M University; Dr. Chaddrick James-Gallaway, Department of Education Administration | Texas A&M University; Dr. Vanita Reddy, Department of English | Texas A&M University; Dr. Troy Harden, Director of RESI | Texas A&M University

Title: Pedagogies of Hope: A Community Conversation on Black Healing, Love and the Work of bell hooks