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Barack Obama and American Democracy V: A National Conference

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Program Schedule

Wednesday, April 16
Interfaith Center

7:00pm: Opening Remarks—Peniel Joseph
7:15pm: Michael Eric Dyson—keynote
"Why it's Right to be Seen as Wrong by the Right: Barack Obama and the Vast and Verifiable Right Wing Conspiracy"

Thursday, April 17
Packard Hall Conference Room
9:45-10:00am: Opening Remarks—Peniel Joseph

10:00-11:30am: Opening Roundtable
Facilitator: Peniel Joseph
Panelists: Matthew Whitaker, Yohuru Williams, Max Rodriguez, Diane McWhorter

11:30-12:30pm: Lunch

Interfaith Center
12:30-2:00pm: Pursuit of Radical Democracy in the Age of Obama
Facilitator: Lisa Lowe
Panelists: Diane McWhorter, Matthew Whitaker, Peniel Joseph

2:00-2:15pm: Break

2:15-3:45pm: Politics of Disparity: Power & Inequality
Facilitator: Yohuru Williams
Panelists: Patrick Sylvain, Vince Brown, Linda Sprague Martinez

3:45-4:00pm: Break

4:00pm: CSRD Bayard Rustin Award Presentation

4:15-4:45pm: D. Fox Harrell—keynote
"The Politics of Phantasmal Media: How Ideology is Built into Digital Media"

Friday, April 18

10:00-11:30am: Hope and Change?: Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform
Facilitator: Erin Kelly
Panelists: Michael Curry, Barbara Dougan

11:30-12:30pm: Lunch

12:30-2:00pm: ‘I Am Trayvon Martin’: Democratic Organizing in the Age of Social Media
Facilitator: Philip Martin
Panelists: Jamilah King, Zerlina Maxwell, Jelani Cobb

2:00-2:15pm: Break

2:15-3:45pm: Politics & Policy: Local, National, and Global
Facilitator: Peniel Joseph
Panelists: Jeremi Suri, Jeremy Levitt, Michael Ralph, Ricky Jones

3:45-4:00pm: Break

4:00-4:45pm: Ruha Benjamin—keynote
"Clones, Zombies, or Cyborgs: How Do We Imagine 'The People' in A Racially Democratic Future?"