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Critical Race Collective (CRC)


When:  Friday, April 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Avenue

The Critical Race Collective (CRC) Community of Scholars, an interdisciplinary group of faculty who apply critical race theory to research, teaching, and activism, will host a symposium on critical race theory for faculty, staff, students, and the public. The symposium will feature cutting edge research and scholarship by UT faculty and students, a keynote presentation, and a panel discussion on how to improve the campus racial climate.

Crystal Fleming, Associate Professor of Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook and a renowned critical race scholar, will present the keynote address based on themes from her recent best-belling book, How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide.

Presented by the UT Critical Race Collective (CRC) Community of Scholars. Additional support from the UT Office of Research and Engagement; Office of the Provost; Departments of Sociology, Psychology, Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, Higher Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, English, Religious Studies, Geography, and Political Science; Programs of Africana Studies and Global Studies; College of Arts and Sciences; and UT Libraries.

Critical Race Symposium

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10:00 AM – 10:20 AM: Welcome and Introductory Remarks – Michelle Christian and Jioni Lewis (Co-Directors of the Critical Race Collective), featuring Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Robert Nobles


10:30 AM – 11:20 AM: Symposium Session 1 – Critical Race Theory in the Arts & Humanities

Vision 20/70: Addressing the Lack of Diversity Among Music Educators – Loneka Wilkinson Battiste, Music Education

Heretical Humanities: Thinking a New Human Future with Sylvia Wynter – David Kline, Religious Studies

Teaching Latinx Studies in the U.S. South: Racial Politics and Critical Pedagogies Liliana Gonzalez, English and Modern Foreign Languages


10:30 AM – 11:20 AM: Symposium Session 2 – Critical Race Theory in the Social Sciences

From Aversive Racism to White Nationalism: The New, Old Fight Against White Supremacy – Patrick Grzanka, Psychology & Kirsten Gonzalez, Psychology

Chocolate City Way Up South in Appalachia: Black Knoxville at the Intersection of Race, Place, and Region – Enkeshi Thom El-Amin, Sociology

Critical Race Theory and the New Sociolinguistics – Jessi Grieser, English and Linguistics


11:30 AM – 12:20 PM: Symposium Session 3 – Critical Race Theory and Higher Education

611 Miles Apart: A Critical Race Analysis of Two Flagship Land-Grant Institutions – Dorian McCoy, Higher Education

Black Joy is Resistance: A Collaborative Autoethnography of Two Black Queer Married Academics in the Trump Era – Shaina Destine, University Libraries & Shaneda Destine, Sociology  

Librarians of Color in Academia: The Critical Importance of Diversity Residencies – Lizeth Zepeda, University Libraries


11:30 AM – 12:20 PM: Symposium Session 4 – Critical Race Theory and the Law

The Inequalities of ‘Free’ Speech on College Campuses: Strategies Beyond Selective Uses of the First Amendment – Michelle Brown, Sociology

Dying for Equal Protection – Teri Dobbins Baxter, College of Law

Chicago on the Take: Ticketing and Towing in the City of Collision – Kasey Hendricks, Sociology


12:30 PM – 1:45 PM: Lunch and Graduate Student Poster Session


1:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Dr. Crystal Fleming’s Keynote TalkHow to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide


3:10 PM – 4:20 PM: Panel Discussion on Racial Climate at UT

Misty Anderson – Professor of English and Faculty Senate President

Shea Kidd Houze – Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students

Tyvi Small – Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement

Matthew Theriot – Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Strategic Initiatives

Melody Banks – Black Student Union President

Dalton Teel – Student Government Association, Diversity Representative


4:20 PM – 4:30 PM: Closing Remarks – Jioni Lewis and Michelle Christian (Co-Directors of the Critical Race Collective)


5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Closing Reception – Central Depot (103 W. Depot Ave Knoxville, TN 37917); appetizers and a cash bar.