Wednesday March 29 to Friday March 31, 2017

The Third Race and Sustainability Conference at the University of Mississippi School of Law will focus on the link between historical patterns, their legacy in America today, and potential paths to healing. As with the first two conferences, the term sustainability is used in this context to refer to access to all the tools necessary a full and healthy life.

Unfortunately, substantial impediments to healthy living and to self-actualization still prevail for many in our society. What more, these impediments are very much tied to the unspoken racial legacy that continues to reverberate today. As a result, groups across racial and class lines are systematically marginalized and excluded.

This year, our conference will focus its attention on the root causes of these vulnerabilities. Historical trauma and harm, combined with the systems that they produce, create a connected web between all of us. Nonetheless, lack of education about the history and impact of this trauma still persists. Consequently, many fail to grasp the ongoing practical and legal obstacles to sustainability. This dearth of information makes efforts to unify and build coalitions difficult.

For this reason, this year’s conference will highlight the connections between past and present to foster a better understanding of current struggles. Additionally, conference panels and audience discussions will help identify points of connection across all communities for more effective coalition building.

A deep awareness of our connected past makes clear that issues of injustice and deprivation need to be tackled collectively. Further, such understanding provides a path to healing, and, serves as a gluing agent for people across racial and class lines. Healing, deeper understanding and renewal for progressive action are thus major goals of this third meeting of the Race and Sustainability Conference.

It is in that spirit that activists, scholars, educators, and, justice seekers will convene at the University of Mississippi School of Law from Wednesday, March 29 to Friday, March 31. In this third installment of the conference, participants and community members will examine the historical research and data collected on sustainability, share healing efforts in MS and around the country, discuss their work helping communities access better immigration services, food justice, housing, marriage equity, criminal justice, etc.

The conference kicks off with a civil rights tour of Oxford and a dinner at the New Burn-Belfry Museum dedicated to African American history on Wednesday, March 29. The conference will continue with 2 full days of panels on Thursday and Friday.

For any questions, please contact Breanna Goff at bfgoff@go.olemiss.edu or Professor Michele Alexandre at malexand@olemiss.edu.

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Program

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Official kick off to the Third Race and Sustainability Conference

3:00p.m. Flying Tuks Tour of Civil Rights Landmarks of Oxford, MS

6:00p.m. Welcome Dinner at Burn-Belfry Museum

Keynote Speaker, Former Memphis Mayor and Civil Rights Attorney, A.C. Wharton,
Presentation “On Winning the Race” by Delta State University


Thursday, March 30, 2017

8:00a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Opening Lecture: Historical Memory, Archival Findings and Mississippi

Rita and Bill Bender, Civil Rights Attorneys, Activists, & Educators. Skellenger Bender, P.S.

10:00 a.m.-11: 15 a.m.: Panel 1: Immigration and Access to Sustainable Life

Moderator, Stacey Lantagne, Professor of Law, University of Mississippi
April Grayson
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Community Building Coordinator and Documentarian: William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation
Danna Johnson, Program Coordinator: Catholic Charities of North Mississippi Family Life Center
Matthew Hall, Professor of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law

11:20 a.m. to 12:20 pm Panel II: Vulnerability, LGBT Communities and Access to Sustainable Life

Moderator, Cliff Johnson, Professor of law, University of Mississippi
Rob Hill, Director of the Human Rights Campaign
Audrey May, OUTMemphis (formerly MGLCC) Board Chair

12:20 p.m.- 1:20 p.m. Lunch & Panel III: Access to Sustainability Life and Data Gathering, Gains and Challenges

Moderator, Atty. Josh Green, Fellow, Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network (MSAN)
John Green
, Director of the Center for Population Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Mississippi
Stephanie Showalter-Otts, Director of National Sea Grant Law Center, University of Mississippi

Break: 10 minute

1:30 p.m.-2:40 p.m.: Panel IV: Historical Memory Across Disciplines and Regions

Moderator, Michele Alexandre, Professor of law, University of Mississippi
Jeff T. Jackson, University of Mississippi, Associate Professor of Sociology
Chuck Ross, African American Studies, Program Director & Professor of History, University of Mississippi
Nichelle C. Robinson, School of Education Diversity Officer, Associate Professor, University of Mississippi
Pat Thompson, The Meek School of Journalism and Media

2:45 p.m.-4:00p.m.: Panel V: Historical Memory, Trauma and Incarceration

Moderator, Richard Gershon, Professor of law, University of Mississippi
Nan Woodruff
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Pennsylvania State University, Professor of Modern U.S. History and African American Studies
Dianna Freelon-Foster, (Southern Echo)
Jennifer Stollman, University of Mississippi Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, Academic Director

Break: 15 minute

4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 2017 McClure Lecturer Devon Carbado: “Contemporary Problems in Race and the Law.”

Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law, and, the Associate Vice Chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCLA School of Law

5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Dinner


Friday, March 31, 2017

8:30 a.m.  Breakfast

9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. –  Panel VI: The Environment: Where We Go From Here?

Moderator, Antonia Eliason, Professor of Law, University of Mississippi
David Case, University of Mississippi School of Law, Professor of Law
Stephanie Showalter-Otts, National Sea Grant Law Center, Director, University of Mississippi
Catherine Janasie, National Sea Grant Law Center, Research Counsel, University of Mississippi

10:15 p.m.-11:30 p.m. – Panel VII: Food, Shelter and Sustainability: From Data to Action

Moderator, Lynn C. Woo, Center for Population Studies
Daniel Doyle, Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, Executive Director
Eleanor Green, Good Food for Oxford Schools, Program Director
Dorothy Scarborough, Mississippians Engaging in Greener Agriculture, Director and Co-Founder
Audrey McFarlane, Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law

Break -10 minutesbox lunches

11:40 a.m.-12:50 p.m. – Panel VIII: From History to Connected Vulnerabilities—The Path to Healing in These Times?

Moderator, Michele Alexandre, Professor of law, University of Mississippi
Jennifer Stollman, University of Mississippi Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, Academic Director
Gail Stratton, University of Mississippi, Coordinator of Laboratory Programs; Unitarian Universalist Church of Oxford, Minister
Ainka Sanders, Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth & Reconciliation, Executive Director
Susan Neiman, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, Visiting Scholar; Director of Einstein Forum

Break—10 minutes

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Panel IX: Vulnerability, Social Engineering and Engaged Scholarship

Moderator, Jack Nowlin, Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean, University of Mississippi
Brittany Bane, J.D. Candidate, University of Mississippi School of Law
Brittany Barbee, J.D. Candidate, University of Mississippi School of Law
Rob Noland, J.D. Candidate, University of Mississippi School of Law

2:15 p.m.- 3:15 p.m – Closing Reception


Co-Sponsors

The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement
The Center for Population Studies
The Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network
The School of Education
The Meek School of Journalism and Media
The University of Mississippi Law Journal

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For any questions, please contact Breanna Goff at bfgoff@go.olemiss.edu or Professor Michele Alexandre at malexand@olemiss.edu.