The Race and Social Justice Initiative

The Race and Social Justice Initiative at the College of Charleston was founded in late June 2015 following a major grant from Google in response to tragic events in the Charleston, including the shooting death of Walter Scott by a police officer in April 2015 and the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in June 2015.

The mission of the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) at the College of Charleston is to promote public awareness and dialogue about race and social justice issues in the Charleston area, the state of South Carolina, and beyond, through a collaborative effort led by the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, Addlestone Library, the African American Studies Program, the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI), and multiple community partners.

From the RSJI Blog

The First 365: Analyzing the First Year of the Trump Administration featuring MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid

The Race and Social Justice Initiative is proud to present “The First 365: Analyzing the First Year of the Trump Administration” moderated by MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid on February 1st, 2018. This discussion will be a multidisciplinary look into the first year of the Trump Administration featuring distinguished faculty members from the College of Charleston.

This event is proudly Co-Sponsored by the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) funded by Google, the College of Charleston Division of Marketing and Communications, the College of Charleston Department of Communication, the College of Charleston Department of Political Science, the Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture, and the Tri-County Women’s Project.

 

 

Panelists:

Dr. Anthony Greene—African American Studies/Sociology

 

 

 

 

Dr. Anthony D. Greene is an Assistant Professor with the African American Studies program and the Department of Sociology at the College of Charleston. He specializes in race-ethnic relations and cultural and ethnic identity. Dr. Greene received his B.A. in Sociology and African American Studies and his MA in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Miami in 2008.

Dr. Patricia Williams Lessane—African American Studies/Anthropology

 

 

 

 

Dr. Williams Lessane is a cultural anthropologist whose focus areas include Pan African religious identity, Black feminist theory, and representations of Black life in popular culture. She earned a BA in English from Fisk University, a MALS from Dartmouth College, and a PhD in Anthropology from University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining The College of Charleston, she was a faculty member at Roosevelt University, and a consultant for The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Dr. Michael Lee—Communications

 

 

 

 

 

Michael J. Lee teaches and researches in the areas of rhetoric and political communication at the College of Charleston. Mike holds a Ph.D. (Communication) from the University of Minnesota as well as M.A. (Communication) and B.A. (Political Science) degrees from the University of Georgia. His book, Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement (2014) earned four national book awards in the field. Additionally, Mike has several award-winning conference papers in his research areas. His essays have been published in such journals as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Feminist Media Studies, and the Journal of Applied Communication Research. Mike has also given frequent media interviews on a number of political topics.

Dr. Matthew Cressler—Religion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Cressler was born in Connecticut, grew up in Alabama, went to school in New York, Boston, and Chicago, and considers himself an East-Coast itinerant. He teaches courses on African American religion; Black nationalism; religion, race, and politics; religion in America; and theory and method in the study of religion.

Dr. Latasha Chaffin—Political Science

 

 

 

 

LaTasha Chaffin joined the Department of Political Science in August 2013. Her teaching and research interests are in the field of American Politics with a particular emphasis on examining public policy and bureaucratic outcomes and their impacts on diverse and vulnerable populations. Her research interests extend to U.S. and comparative labor, economic, social welfare and state and local politics and policy. She offers courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs on American Government, Public Administration, American Public Policy, Labor and Economic Policy, U.S. State and Local Politics and Human Resource Management.

Chaffin earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Western Michigan University. She also holds an M.A. in Political Science from Western Michigan University, a M.P.A. in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and a B.B.A. in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. Her dissertation research entitled “The War Against Joblessness: U.S. Intervention in State Labor Markets in Response to Economic Recessions,” examines the intervention of U.S. and state governments into the labor market during times of economic recession through the expansion of Social Security, unemployment insurance and training programs from 1990 to 2010.

This event is free and open to the public, however, Eventbrite registration is required.

 

Joy Reid is the host of AM JOY on MSNBC as well as a national correspondent appearing regularly on primetime programs including Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. She was previously the host of The Reid Report from 2014-2015, a daily program that offered Reid’s distinctive analysis and insight on the day’s news.

Joy Reid is also the author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide (William Morrow/Harper Collins 2015) and co-author with E.J. Dionne Jr., of We Are The Change We Seek: the Speeches of Barack Obama (Bloomsbury, 2017). Reid is also a contributing author for The Daily Beast.

Before that, Reid was the Managing Editor of theGrio.com, a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences. Reid joined theGrio.com with experience as a freelance columnist for The Miami Herald and as editor of the political blog The Reid Report. She is a former talk radio producer and host for Radio One, and previously served as an online news editor for the NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miramar, FL.

During the 2004 presidential campaign, Reid served as the Florida deputy communications director for the 527 “America Coming Together” initiative and was a press aide in the final stretch of President Barack Obama’s Florida campaign in 2008. Joy’s columns and articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, South Florida Times and Salon.com. She is currently producing a documentary, The Fight Years – which takes a look at the sport of boxing during the 1950s and 1960s in Miami.

Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a concentration in film and is a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and family.

Early arrival is suggested. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and there will be a security check prior to entrance. Please refrain from bringing any large bags or signs. For more information please contact the Race and Social Justice Initiative Coordinator Daron Lee Calhoun, II at calhoundl@cofc.edu.

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