Mellon Just Futures in Action

Carl, Julio, and Jean

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Local and Community History; Public History and Memory; Race


In January 2021 The Mellon Just Futures: Advancing A More Democratic Society Initiative announced awards totalling millions of dollars to sixteen teams “supporting teams of scholars who are studying past periods of crisis and disruption in order to lead us to cultural and social transformation.” This roundtable session takes stock of three Mellon Just Futures projects funded for a three-year cycle ending in 2024. This includes teams from two public universities and a private/public university project.  “Race, Risk, and Resilience: Building a Local-to-Global ‘Commons for Justice,’” “Minnesota Transform: A Just University for Just Futures,” and  “Crafting Democratic Futures: Situating Colleges and Universities in Community-based Reparations Solutions.”  

Session Participants

Panelist: Dwight Andrews, Emory University/First Congregational Church Atlanta

Panelist: Nicole Crooks, Legacy preservation through Oral history, story telling and research.

Panelist: Leesa Kelly, Memorialize the Movement

Panelist: Kevin P. Murphy, University of Minnesota

Panelist: Richard Olson, Extreme Events, Florida International University

Panelist: Jessica Stewart, Assistant Professor, Emory University