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“Shaped by Racism: America Then and Now” (StraightTalk 2021 Part One of Three)

August 31, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

August 31, 6:30-8 p.m.
McAlister Auditorium and Zoom Webinar

“Structural Racism: It’s Real, It Matters, and Why Change Can Happen Now” is a three-part StraightTalk series presented by the Riley Institute and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in partnership with South Carolina ETV.

Join us on August 31, September 7, and September 14 as we explore the continued impact of structural racism ?— the broad system of policies, practices, structures, and norms that perpetuate and reinforce racial inequities ?— in the United States and what we can do as a community and a country to create a more just society.

On August 31, Jeffery Robinson, head of the Who We Are project and former director of the ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality, will begin the series with an examination of the history of structural racism that has led to where we are today, focusing particularly on the post-World War II era. We’ll follow that with a more focused look at the life of George Floyd through the lens of structural racism with Monica Bell, Furman ’03, associate professor of law at Yale Law School and associate professor of sociology at Yale University. Bell and Robinson will then engage in a conversation about how the death of George Floyd points to racism in policing and our system of criminal justice, moderated by Brittany Arsiniega, assistant professor of politics and international affairs at Furman University.

To learn more about the series and register, visit

Ticket information

General public (virtual only): $10 per session | $25 entire series

Furman students (in-person only): No registration required. CLP pending.

Furman faculty and staff may choose in-person or virtual attendance. No registration is required for in-person attendance. Email for virtual registration information.

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August 31, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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