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SSRI Lunch-n-Learn

SSRI Lunch-n-Learn

On the 1st Wednesday of each month (the 2st Wednesday is the gola, but due to scheduling conflicts with speakers, we may need to move to an alternate Wednesday) we will gather for a Zoom discussion. Bring your lunch and chat about a book, movie or podcast that focuses on the issue of race. Some meetings we'll have a speaker lead the discussion so those chats may be a bit longer. This is not mandatory, but we do hope to get enough people to join the conversation and have a good discussion.


September 2, 2020 @ 12:30 pm- 1:00 pm
Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? (read the essay)

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious.

You can also watch her TEDx talk.

October 7, 2020 @ 1:05 pm- 1:55 pm
Ann Brewster (Research Scholar, SSRI) will discuss her community-based work. During the first ~20 minutes we'll learn more about her research and the remaining time will be open for discussion. (read her journal article)

“Community-Engaged Research: Strategies (and Pitfalls) in Creating Sustainable Partnerships.” 

  1. What has worked well (or what do you think would work well) in conducting community-engaged research (in terms of addressing mutually relevant goals and outcomes)? 
  2. What has not worked well (or what do you think wouldn’t work well) when planning or conducting community-engaged research?
  3. How have you dealt with (or how could you deal with) encountered barriers when conducting community-engaged research?
  4. What resources would be helpful going forward in conducting community-engaged research, e.g., interdisciplinary collaborations at Duke; sharing research, strategies, resources via a regular forum? How can SSRI facilitate your successful community-engaged research?

November 11, 2020 @ 12:30-1:30 pm

This month we will watch and discuss the file, Just Mercy.

December 2, 2020 @ 12:30-1:30 pm

We will watch together an episode from Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man and then discuss. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man is a safe place to have the uncomfortable conversations about race that many white people have never been able to have. But enough is enough- I want to remove the barriers for why we’ve never had these conversations. I want to provide a free space for curious white people to answer the questions they’ve always had but have been too nervous to ask. Like, “How can I have white privilege if I’m not wealthy?”, or “is racial profiling ok if black people tend to commit more crimes”, or my personal favorite from a 19-year-old girl from rural Alabama named Amy who asked, “if black people can say the ‘N’ word, why can’t I?” And many, many more.

January: Holiday Break

February 3, 2021 @ 12:30-1:00 pm

TRHT with Megan Stanley and Dawn Henderson. 

March 24, 2021 @ 12:00-1:00 pm

Karly Ford, Assistant Professor of Education at Penn State, will join us via Zoom to discuss: A Socially Constructing Race and Gender: Examples from Quantitative Education Research 
On one hand, social scientists agree that race and gender categories are socially constructed-- they are fluid, and their meanings and boundaries are historically and geographically specific. On the other hand, quantitative researchers (who would like their models to run) need fixed, categorical variables for race and gender. Ford's recent work considers how quantitative education researchers measure race and gender: from the collection, to the analysis, to the representation of data. She will be presenting her work related to the social construction of race, gender and ses data that appeared in Educational Researcher in 2019 and 2020.


The Case for Reparations by The Atlantic
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group.

Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Walk into any racially mixed high school cafeteria at lunch time and you will instantly notice that in the sea of adolescent faces, there is an identifiable group of Black students sitting together.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility.



White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress. Although white racial insulation is somewhat mediated by social class (with poor and working-class urban whites being generally less racially insulated than suburban or rural whites), the larger social environment insulates and protects whites as a group through institutions, cultural representations, media, school textbooks, movies, advertising, and dominant discourses.

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
This classic text on the psychology of racism was re-released with new content in 2017, 20 years after its original publication. By providing straight talk on self-segregation and inequality in schools, Tatum shows the importance — and possibility — of cross-racial dialogues starting young.

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
A finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in History, Race for Profit chronicles how the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 failed to stop racist, exploitative mortgage lending practices. Since the policy was supposed to be a balm to the 1960s uprisings — much like the ones we're seeing now — it serves as a reminder to remain vigilant when policymakers promise change

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton
The origins of mass incarceration — which disproportionately puts black people behind bars — are often pinned on Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. But Hinton argues the carceral state was erected "by a consensus of liberals and conservatives who privileged punitive responses to urban problems as a reaction to the civil rights movement." The 1965 Law Enforcement Assistance Act, part of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society plan, led to today's police militarization. This account of history poses relevant questions for today's land of the free.

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale
In the wake of high-profile cases of police brutality, the same ideas for reform are trotted out — implicit bias training, body cameras, police-community dialogues. But Vitale argues that this fails to get to the root of the problem — policing itself. While calls to abolish the police are often met with skepticism, academics and activists have long-discussed alternatives to addressing homelessness, domestic disputes and substance abuse.

Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy by Darryl Pinckney
As young Americans take to the streets to say black lives matter, they're often told to vote. While voting is important, it's also important to remember how black political representation has been chipped away by voter ID laws, gerrymandering and felon disenfranchisement. Blackballed addresses the struggle for voting rights and for racial equality more broadly, drawing on Pinckney's own experiences and writings of civil rights leaders to create a complicated picture of black political identity.

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney López
"Entitlement mentality." "Quotas." "Welfare queens." From Barry Goldwater to Bill Clinton to the Tea Party, politicians have relied on racially coded language to win over white voters and decimate social programs. Dog Whistle Politics makes the case that not only does this strategy endanger people of color, but it also hinders economic mobility for all Americans.


The U.S. imprisons more people than any other country in the world, and a third of U.S. prisoners are black. In this infuriating documentary, director Ava DuVernay argues that mass incarceration, Jim Crow and slavery are "the three major racialized systems of control adopted in the United States to date."

I Am Not Your Negro
Narrated by the words of James Baldwin with the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your Negro connects the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter. Although Baldwin died nearly 30 years before the film's release, his observations about racial conflict are as incisive today as they were when he made them.

Whose Streets?
The 2014 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo. was one of the deaths that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. Frustrated by media coverage of unrest in Ferguson, co-directors Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis documented how locals felt about police in riot gear filling their neighborhoods with tear gas. As one resident says, "They don't tell you the fact that the police showed up to a peaceful candlelight vigil...and boxed them in, and forced them onto a QuikTrip lot."

LA 92
LA 92 is about the Los Angeles riots that occurred in response to the police beating of Rodney King. The film is entirely comprised of archival footage — no talking heads needed. It's chilling to watch the unrest of nearly 30 years ago, as young people still take to the streets and shout, "No justice, no peace."

Teach Us All
Over 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, American schools are still segregated. Teach Us All explains why that is — school choice, residential segregation, biased admissions processes — and talks to advocates working for change. Interspersing interviews from two Little Rock Nine members, the documentary asks how far we've really come.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
In this two-part series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. chronicles the last 50 years of black history through a personal lens. Released days after the 2016 election, some themes of the documentary took on a deeper meaning amid Donald Trump's win. 


The Nocturnists
The Nocturnists podcast highlights transformative stories and provocative discussions about the world of medicine. During our regular season, episodes feature a story recorded at one of our live shows, followed by a conversation between the storyteller and The Nocturnists’ founder and host Emily Silverman, MD. In our special episodes, Emily interviews physician-authors about their new bestselling books. 

This Land from Crooked
An 1839 assassination of a Cherokee leader and a 1999 murder case – two crimes nearly two centuries apart provide the backbone to a 2020 Supreme Court decision that determined the fate of five tribes and nearly half the land in Oklahoma.

Floodlines from The Atlantic
An audio documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Floodlines is told from the perspective of four New Orleanians still living with the consequences of governmental neglect. As COVID-19 disproportionately infects and kills Americans of color, the story feels especially relevant. "As a person of color, you always have it in the back of your mind that the government really doesn't care about you," said self-described Katrina overcomer Alice Craft-Kerney.

1619 from The New York Times
"In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began." Hosted by recent Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, the 1619 audio series chronicles how black people have been central to building American democracy, music, wealth and more.

Intersectionality Matters! from The African American Policy Forum
Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, a leading critical race theorist who coined the term "intersectionality," this podcast brings the academic term to life. Each episode brings together lively political organizers, journalists and writers. 

Throughline from NPR
Every week at Throughline, our pals Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei "go back in time to understand the present." 


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