What Happens to a Dream Deferred? 60-Second Lectures on Racial Injustice: June 18, 2020

The recent killings of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, along with other incidents of racist violence, have shined a spotlight on the painful reality that many in our community have long been aware of: the enduring legacy of racism.

In an effort to amplify the messages of the protests, Penn Arts & Sciences presents a special series: What Happens to a Dream Deferred? 60-Second Lectures on Racial Injustice.

This set of short talks spotlights the history and contemporary manifestations of racism in the U.S., Black lives and culture, and the range of factors that have contributed to this moment. Faculty speakers for June 18, 2020 are as follows:

Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History and Africana Studies
Show Not Tell That Black Lives Matter

Margo Natalie Crawford, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence and Professor of English. Director of the Center for Africana Studies
Unapologetic Blackness

Herman Beavers, Professor of English and Africana Studies
The Ubiquity of White Literary Rage