Unpacking Hateful Things Contemporary Practices, September 22

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Join us for “Unpacking Hateful Things & Contemporary Practices” at 1 p.m., on Saturday, September 22 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202.

This race conversation will trace the legacy of Jim Crow as revealed in objects used to dehumanize African Americans and will then connect this legacy to contemporary circumstances in Baltimore and beyond. This event is in conjunction with the Jim Crow Black Memorabilia exhibition, Hateful Things.


Lawrence Jackson
A writer and historian who has recast the study of modern African-American literature and culture. He is known for his extensive scholarship on African-American literature and culture, including a biography of Ralph Ellison and a narrative history of mid-century writers. He joined Johns Hopkins as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in 2016 teaching in the Department of English and History.

Martha S. Jones
Professor Jones is a legal and cultural historian whose interests include the study of race, law, citizenship, slavery, and the rights of women.  Professor Martha S. Jones  joined Johns Hopkins University as the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History in 2017.  Her work includes the curatorship of museum exhibitions, including “Reframing the Color Line” and “Proclaiming Emancipation” in conjunction with the William L. Clements Library.

Rob Lieberman
Robert Lieberman, a distinguished political scientist and former academic administrator at Columbia University, is a professor in the Department of Political Science. He conceived the highly successful JHU Forums on Race in America. His books include Shifting the Color Line: Race and the American Welfare State, and Shaping Race Policy: The United States in Comparative Perspective.

Verna Myers
Author of the best-selling books Moving Diversity Forward: How to Move From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing and What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People, Vernā has touched over 1,000,000 people through her speeches, appearances and transformative message of power and possibility. For the last two decades, Vernā and her team of consultants have helped eradicate barriers of race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation at elite international law firms, Wall Street powerhouses, and the 10,000 member Fire Department of New York.

Moderator:  Lester Spence
Lester Spence is an associate professor of political science and Co-Director of the Center for Africana studies at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in the study of black, racial, and urban politics in the wake of the neoliberal turn.  An award winning scholar (in 2013, he received the W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award for his book, Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics), he can regularly be heard on National Public Radio and the Marc Steiner Show.