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Dr. Peniel Joseph, LBJ School of Public Affairs

  • July 22, 2020
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Zoom

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Building the Beloved Community in Our Own Time: The Struggle for Black Dignity and Citizenship in a Time of National Racial Crisis. 

Dr. Joseph will be discussing his recent book, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. and the way in which their lives, activism, and political thought resonate with the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that have become global in scopes in recent weeks.

About our speaker

In Fall 2015, Dr. Peniel E. Joseph joined the University of Texas at Austin as Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. He received a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs as the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values and at the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts.

Prior to joining the UT faculty, Dr. Joseph was a professor at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where he also founded the school’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to promote engaged research and scholarship focused on the ways issues of race and democracy impact the lives of global citizens. He received a B.A. from SUNY at Stony Brook and a Ph.D. from Temple University. Dr. Joseph’s career focus has been on what he describes as “Black Power Studies,” which encompasses interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies, law and society, women’s and ethnic studies, and political science. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy and civil rights, and has authored award-winning books Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama.

Dr. Joseph’s most recent book, The Sword and The Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. examines the political lives of two social-movement leaders who assumed divergent, but crucially similar roles. Stokely: A Life, has been called the definitive biography of Stokely Carmichael, the man who popularized the phrase “black power” and led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, known as the SNCC. The recipient of fellowships from Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Ford Foundation, his essays have appeared in The Journal of American History, The Chronicle Review, The New York Times, The Black Scholar, Souls, and American Historical Review. Dr. Joseph is a frequent contributor to Newsweek, TheRoot and Reuters, and, his articles, Op-Eds, and book reviews have been published in newspapers from The Washington Post to The New York Times. Dr. Joseph’s commentary has also been featured on National Public Radio, The Colbert Report, PBS, and MSNBC.

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Agenda:

  • Breakout rooms for networking in small groups
  • Introductions & Announcements
  • Speaker
  • Q&A
  • Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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