Historian Taylor Branch to discuss Martin Luther King Jr., James Weldon Johnson

April 3, 2018

By Susan Carini | Emory Report

Historian Taylor Branch visits Emory on Thursday, April 5, to deliver the annual James Weldon Johnson Distinguished Lecture. Discussing “Lift Every Voice: Martin Luther King Jr. and James Weldon Johnson,” Branch will convey a simple but thought-provoking message: both Johnson (1871–1938) and King (1929–1968) are underappreciated figures. Read more...

Public dialogue will explore 'Black and Latinx Solidarity'

Feb. 20, 2018

Emory Report

The relationship and possibilities for solidarity between black and Latino/Latina Americans will be the focus of a public symposium hosted by Emory’s James Weldon Johnson Institute (JWJI) for the Study of Race and Difference. The program takes place Thursday, Feb. 22, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Read more...

"Textures of the Diaspora": A Conversation and Workshop with Gee's Bend Quilters and Afro-Brazilian Candomblé Elders

September 28, 2017

Emory ARTS Report

JWJI assistant director, Dr. Kali-Ahset Amen, notes, “The institute is excited to bring awareness to rich Africana folk and spiritual traditions, and to raise interesting questions about their continuities across seas, continents, and time. Designed to heighten appreciation of the connections between art and faith..." Read more...

Public dialogue to explore new scholarship on immigration

Sept. 25, 2017

Emory Report

The James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference will host “Becoming American: New Scholarship on Immigration,” an interdisciplinary public dialogue that explores multiple facets of current U.S. immigration research, on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Oxford Road Building auditorium. Read more...

5th Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium, April 26

April 24, 2017

WCLK 91.9 FM

In this edition of "CAU Now", JWJI's Kali-Ahset Amen joins co-panelists Maurice Hobson and Barbara Harris Combs in discussing the Fifth Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium. JWJI organized the conference plenary, entitled "The Past, Present, and Possible Futures of Atlanta Studies: Re-Centering W.E.B. DuBois." Listen here... 

Celebrated philosopher Naomi Zack to discuss new theory of racial justice

March 29, 2017

Emory Report

Laws do not always ensure justice. And when it comes to racial justice, just law and unjust practice often co-exist. So, what does it really take to correct racial injustice? Naomi Zack's new theory of applicative justice ventures an answer. On Thursday, April 6, at 4 p.m. in Cannon Chapel, Naomi Zack, professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon and author/editor of over 15 books on race and rights, will deliver Emory's 2017 James Weldon Johnson Distinguished Lecture. Read more...

Symposium to explore impact of Obama's presidency on black politics

February 21, 2017

Emory Report

The end of Barack Obama’s term as president of the United States raises retrospective questions about the impact of his leadership and prospective questions about the future of African American politics, both in the wake of Obama’s presidency and in light of the election of Donald Trump. To explore these questions, the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference (JWJI) has joined with the Center for Civil and Human Rights to host the half-day symposium “Black Politics After Obama.” Read more...

JWJI Visiting Fellows featured on NPR

January 16, 2017

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A special edition of WABE's "Closer Look" reflects on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Emory University's James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference. Institute fellows Erik Love, Emily Pope-Obeda and Katie Schank talk about their research projects and how King’s legacy relates to their future careers. Listen here...

Post-election roundtable to examine minority voting, limits of polls

November 15, 2016

Emory Report

On Friday, Nov. 18, Emory's James Weldon Johnson Institute hosts an exploration of minority voting behavior and the limitations of polls and other predictive models in the 2016 presidential election. Presented in partnership with the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, “Election 2016: What Happened?” will take place at 7 p.m. in the Museum Theatre of the Carter Library (441 Freedom Parkway, NE, Atlanta, GA). Read more...

Symposium Discusses City of Atlanta as 'Black Mecca' of Racial Equality, Urban Growth

October 28, 2016

Atlanta Black Star | Tanasia Kenney

Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, in conjunction with Georgia State University and Clark Atlanta University, are set to host a half-day public symposium discussing the status of racial equity in Atlanta. The conference, appropriately titled “Still the Black Mecca? Race, Social Inequality and Urban Displacement in 21st Century Atlanta,” will take place Nov. 9 at Georgia State University’s Law School. Local researchers, activists and grassroots leaders are welcomed to attend. Read more...

'Still the Black Mecca?' symposium to explore race, social inequality in Atlanta

October 24, 2016

Emory Report | Oct. 24, 2016

The half-day symposium is an event partner of “Facing Race: A National Conference,” to be held in Atlanta Nov. 10-12, and will provide pre-conference attendees from across the nation an introduction to Atlanta. For Atlanta scholars and activists, the symposium is designed to help lay the groundwork for an actionable agenda of collaborative research, policy innovation and multi-racial organizing among university researchers and community leaders in Greater Atlanta, according to Amen. Read more...

Former Black Panther Chairperson Talks Reform, Empowerment

October 7, 2016

Emory Wheel | Richard Chess

Black rights activist Elaine Brown visited Emory last Thursday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, a revolutionary political party active primarily in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Brown served as chairperson of the party from 1974 to 1977 and continues to inform and advocate for black communities nationwide. Read more...

Dialogue reflects on the Black Panther Party's legacy 50 years later

September 27, 2016

Emory Report | Sept. 27, 2016

Emory's James Weldon Johnson Institute hosts “Reflections on the Black Panther Party at 50: Elaine Brown with Beverly Guy-Sheftall” on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6:30pm in the Glenn Memorial Church Auditorium. The dialogue will reflect on the Black Panther Party’s legacy in ongoing struggles for racial justice and honor black women’s leadership in the black power movement. Featured guest Elaine Brown, legendary activist and former chairperson of the Black Panther Party, will be joined by prominent Spelman College professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall in this powerful one-on-one conversation. Read more...

Colloquium series to explore issues of race, ethnicity

September 8, 2016

By Kimber Williams | Emory Report | Sept. 8, 2016

Emory’s James Weldon Johnson Institute (JWJI) opens the Fall 2016 Race and Difference Colloquium Series next week with a schedule that spotlights award-winning authors presenting recent scholarship on key issues of race and ethnicity. The lectures will address novel approaches to the study of modern civil rights, including Megan Ming Francis’ multiple-award winning “Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State” (Cambridge University Press) and Anthony Reed’s critically acclaimed “Freedom Time: The Poetics and Politics of Black Experimental Writing” (Johns Hopkins University Press). Books will be available for purchase at select colloquium events. Read more...

'Critical Juncture' conference examines the space where identities collide

April 10, 2016

JWJI proudly co-sponsored "Critical Juncture: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Disability" at the Rollins School of Public Health last weekend. The two-day symposium convened established and emerging scholars from around the globe to discuss the complex social identities surrounding race, gender and disability with a focus on the body and how it is represented in those different identities as well as in the arts and the sciences. Read more...

Baltimore mayor to deliver Emory's Hamilton lecture April 7

March 14, 2016

Emory News Center | March 14, 2016

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will address "Baltimore: A City of Recovery, Resilience and Reform" at the annual Grace Towns Hamilton Lecture on April 7 at Emory University. Her talk is sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory. Read more...

Symposium to explore relationship between Confederate heritage, African American history

February 22, 2016

Emory Report | Feb. 22, 2016

The Southern History/Black History Symposium will be Thursday, Feb. 25, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Oxford Road Presentation Auditorium. The symposium is part of the James Weldon Johnson Institute’s Public Dialogues in Race and Difference Series. A panel of historians specializing in 19th and 20th century African American and Southern history will discuss the connections between the two and the politics of commemoration. Read more...

James Weldon Johnson Institute re-launch reception

February 9, 2016

Emory News Center | Feb. 15, 2016

Emory's James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference celebrated its official re-launch Feb. 9 with a reception at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Established within Emory College of Arts and Sciences in 2007, the institute was created to foster new scholarship, teaching and public dialogue focused on the legacy of the modern civil rights movement. Read more...

Rose Library and Emory Libraries co-sponsor colloquium series

January 25, 2016

The Johnson Institute is proud to announce that the Emory Libraries and the Rose Library have become major co-sponsors of the James Weldon Johnson Institute’s Race & Difference Colloquium Series, held each Monday 12-1:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. Read about this emerging partnership in the January 2016 issue of Keywords Newsletter.

Colloquium series explores race, difference

January 21, 2016

Emory Report | Jan. 21, 2016

JWJI opens the Spring 2016 Race and Difference Colloquium Series this month with a lineup of top scholars exploring some of the most pressing race-related issues in the nation. From Allyson Hobbs' award-winning cultural historical work on racial passing to Jonathan Inda's important research on how bioscience, racial politics and inequality are intertwined, the Race and Difference Colloquium series is helping to showcase the breadth, relevance and theoretical rigor of contemporary racial scholarship. Read more....

Panel explores implications of Black Lives Matter movement

December 10, 2015

Emory Report | Dec. 10, 2015

On Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, the James Weldon Johnson Institute hosted a critical biennial review of events in Ferguson, Baltimore, New York, and Charleston. Read the Emory Report article on the highlights of the event.

Panel will review race, policing and social justice in U.S.

December 3, 2015

Join the James Weldon Johnson Institute for a critical biennial review of events in Ferguson, Baltimore, New York, and Charleston on Thursday, Dec. 3, 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Winship Ballroom of the Dobbs University Center.

Institute re-launch profiled in Emory Report

November 3, 2015

jwji group photo

An Emory Report feature story, "Institute works toward better understanding of race and difference," highlights the Johnson Institute's revamped vision as the University's hub for race scholarship. Read more...

Kicking-off an exciting new year for the Race and Difference Colloquium Series

September 14, 2015

As Emory's hub for the study of race and civil rights, the Johnson Institute's Race and Difference Colloquium Series is the premier campus site for convening faculty, students and community members to learn about and discuss race matters from intersectional perspectives. This year, we have expanded the colloquium series to reflect the range of disciplines, new scholarship, and policy debates that are shaping national conversations on race and difference. On September 14th, 2015, inaugural speaker Dr. Stanley Thangaraj gave an engaging and interactive talk in the Jones Room, titled "South Asian American Sporting Cultures: Performing Identity with and Against the Black-White Racial Logic." Thangaraj remarked of his experience at the colloquium:

Wow!!!!! The energy, the questions, and engagement!!! This was one of my most favorite speaking engagements I have ever had. What a great crowd of critical theorists and inter-disciplinary minds. Thank you for the great honor of getting to present through the wonderful James Weldon Johnson Institute. I absolutely enjoyed my time there. I hope I did justice to the vision of the institution and the legacy of James Weldon Johnson.

Dr. Stanley Thangaraj

Visiting Fellows Orientation

August 17-19, 2015

The latest cohort of Visiting Fellows arrived in Atlanta on August 17th, 2015, kicking off a three-day orientation to Emory and the City of Atlanta. City exploration included visits to The King Center Library and Archives, The Atlanta University Center Library, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, granting Fellows exposure to the wide variety of research resources available in wider Atlanta. In addition, informative luncheons with Emory deans and faculty during orientation introduced the Fellows to academic policies and departmental cultures, while helping to build collegiality among the visiting scholars, faculty, administrators, and staff.

Capping off the orientation experience on Day Three, the Fellows enjoyed an opportunity to spend time with black power icon and Emory Law Professor Kathleen Cleaver, who graciously shared stories and insights from her lifetime journey as an activist for racial justice.