Plenary Session: Race, Policing, and Power in Chicago 1919–2020
Thursday, April 15, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
We have just witnessed what the New York Times describes as the largest protest in U.S. history in response to egregious examples of police violence and systemic racism, triggered by the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May of 2020. Police brutality has been the spark for urban rebellions since the early 20th century and a new 21st century Abolitionist movement has indicted police and prisons as institutions that perpetuate racism and white supremacy and must be dismantled. Chicago has been at the epicenter of the struggle against police violence from the campaign for justice for victims of police torture under the watch of disgraced police commander Jon Burge; to the 2014 We Charge Genocide delegation that presented grievances to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland; to more recent protests by Black Youth Project 100, Black Lives Matter Chicago and others against the police killings of Rekia Boyd, Laquan MacDonald, Harith Augustus and others. This plenary panel of scholars and leading Chicago activists will offer historical background and critical analysis of policing and protests in Chicago, and their racial and economic underpinnings.
Chair: Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago
• Aislinn Pulley, Black Lives Matter Chicago
• Alice Kim, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, University of Chicago
• Simon E. Balto, University of Iowa
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The OAH Awards Ceremony
Friday, April 16, 4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Celebrating the best in American history—writing, teaching, public presentation, research, support, and distinguished careers—the OAH Awards Ceremony recognizes colleagues and friends whose achievements advance our profession, bolstering deep, sophisticated understandings of America’s complex past, and informed, historically relevant discussions of contemporary issues. Longtime members of the organization will also be honored.
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OAH CPACE Sponsored Sessions and Events
The Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct and Contingent Employment will host a series of panels, discussions, and gatherings as part of the virtual OAH Annual Meeting on issues that are salient to all faculty in the historical profession, but especially to contingent faculty. On Friday afternoon from 2:00 pm‒ 3:30 pm, we will have a virtual roundtable on “Contingent Academic Labor and Professional Associations.” This panel session will focus on the activities of various professional groups—from the OAH and the AHA to LAWCHA and the AAUP—regarding the status and needs of contingent faculty in higher education. Amidst this long-term employment crisis for historians, exacerbated now by the pandemic, what are the most productive roles for professional organizations? Roundtable participants include Claire Goldstene (LAWCHA), Rachel Buff (AAUP), Emily Swafford (AHA), Elizbeth Hohl (OAH), Dorothee Schneider (OAH), and Eric Fure-Slocum (OAH and LAWCHA). There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion with the audience as part of the round table. Following the roundtable we invite everyone to join us at the scheduled network gathering “Contingent Connections and Cocktails” hosted by a member of CPACE at 5:30 pm.
On Saturday, April 17 CPACE will host two events. The workshop on High Impact Teaching in the Age of the Pandemic will take place, 11:00 am‒1:00 pm, and feature reports from the teaching front from a variety of perspectives by colleagues Lance C. Thurner (Rutgers, Newark), Rosa Squillacote (Hunter College, CUNY), Janine Giordano Drake (Indiana University) Marc Kagan (CUNY) and Eric Schuster (City Colleges of Chicago), launching then into discussion about how contingent faculty have responded and been affected as teachers.
The workshop will be followed by a session, 2:00 pm‒3:30 pm, “Contingent Faculty in a Time of Coronavirus: Views from the Front Lines.” Molly Ball (University of Rochester) and Trevor Griffey (UCLA and UC Irvine) will talk about the work environment and the role of unions for contingent faculty during the COVID-19 crisis. Chaired by Thomas Cox (Sam Houston State University), Naomi R. Williams (Rutgers) will offer comments. There will be opportunity for conversation and virtual networking with and among the audience in connection with this event.
A crowd of African American men standing on the sidewalks in front of a Walgreen Drugs at the corner of 35th and South State Street in the Douglas community area of , during a race riot. Police officers are standing at the forefront of the crowd.(Wikipedia)