Upcoming conference on race and inequality

From the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society:

Our upcoming Race & Inequality in America: The Kerner Commission at 50 conference is being held on Feb 27–March 1 on the 50th anniversary of the release of the Kerner Commission Report, which we hope people in your department will be interested in attending.

The Kerner@50 conference, which we are hosting with the 21st Century Cities Initiative at Johns Hopkins University and the Economic Policy Institute, will gather many high-profile speakers from around the country to tackle issues related to race and inequality in the areas of housing, education, jobs, policing, health, and more. Some of the speakers include President Obama’s housing chief Shaun Donovan, former US Senator Fred Harris, NAACP Legal Defense Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and many Berkeley scholars whose work is dedicated to advancing racial equity.

We have also commissioned new pieces from several innovative visual and performance artists which will premiere at the conference. Additionally on Wednesday, Feb. 28 we are screening the documentary Whose Streets? about the uprising in Ferguson followed by a discussion with director Sabaah Folayan.

An important note for campus groups is that conference is free for UC Berkeley students (except for a $4 processing fee incurred from our ticket seller.) Students who wish to attend must pre-register and present their student IDs at the door, this is to help us manage food ordering and avoid waste.

We would appreciate if you can please circulate information about this conference to the listservs and networks you are part of. More information on the conference including a flier and full list of speakers can be found on this page.