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Conversation Circle - Words Matter: Race and Rhetoric

Description

Join Association Forum to continue the conversation on racial inequality. Dr. Cedric Burrows will examine how the words we use have racial and inequitable undertones as well as the alterations of African American rhetoric when it moves into mainstream spaces. This conversation will be facilitated by Marquis Miller, the City of Chicago’s first Chief Diversity Officer, and sponsored by Travel Portland.


Contributors

  • Marquis Miller

    Marquis Miller is the City of Chicago’s first Chief Diversity Officer. He is currently serving as an executive-level strategist in the new Office of Equity & Racial Justice and is responsible for developing and implementing the City’s policies and strategies for recruiting and maintaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of Chicago’s population. This includes cultivating a work environment that welcomes and continues to support that diversity. This strategy is executed by partnering and collaboratively working with The Office of the Mayor and City Council, City departments, and bargaining units.

  • Dr. Cedric Burrows

    Dr. Cedric Burrows is an assistant professor in the English department where he researches and teaches courses in writing, cultural rhetorics, African American rhetoric and culture, social movements, and protest literature. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Burrows earned BA from Alcorn State University, MA from Miami University (Ohio), and PhD from the University of Kansas. His upcoming book Rhetorical Crossover: The Black Rhetorical Presence in White Culture (University of Pittsburgh Press) examines the alterations of African American rhetoric when it moves into mainstream spaces. Rhetorical Crossover uses examples from music, education, film, and social movements to argue that the dominant culture has created coded narratives on how African Americans should behave in majority spaces. In response, African Americans have created their own narratives that reaffirms their right to exist in those spaces, thereby creating duel narratives about African Americans in society. Currently, Dr. Burrows is undergoing several research projects. One is on how the United States constructs narratives around the civil rights movement with public memorials. Another project researches literature and media that has been influenced by the Black Lives Matter Movement. Both projects are part of his larger research on how African American rhetoric has been framed by African American and mainstream communities.

August 10, 2020
Mon 9:00 AM CDT

Duration 1H 0M

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