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Inquiries about the upcoming Black Lives Matter: Local Movements, Global Futures symposium can be directed to:

(781) 736-2090

Black Lives Matter Symposium
Brandeis University
415 South Street, MS 092
Waltham, MA 02453

Keynote Speakers

There will be a keynote address each evening of the symposium.

Thursday, March 23
5:00 pm, Rapaporte Treasure Hall

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Khalil MuhammadKhalil Gibran Muhammad is professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Prior to his Harvard University appointments, Muhammad served as Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library in Harlem, New York since 2010. Before that, Muhammad was on the faculty of Indiana University Bloomington as professor of American History, African American and African Diaspora Studies and American Studies. Muhammad graduated with a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, received his Ph.D. in American history from Rutgers University and is the author of the award-winning book The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. He is currently working on his second work century United States and African-American history, tentatively titled Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow.

Friday, March 24
4:30 pm, Rapaporte Treasure Hall

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is an assistant professor in the Department of African-American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016) which is an examination of the history and politics of Black America and the development of the social movement #BlackLivesMatter in response to police violence in the United States and received the Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable book. Her research interests include race, public policy, Black politics and housing inequality. Taylor received her Ph.D from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University and, prior to Princeton, was the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s, which examines the role of the federal government in promoting single-family homeownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of 1960s.