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Global Inequality Research Initiative Capstone Event

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. Michelle Elam

The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity invites you to our capstone event for the Spring 2023 Global Inequality Research Initiative (GIRI) cohort!

Throughout the spring semester, our GIRI students have interrogated the life and work of James Baldwin as an entry point into deeper themes of global inequality research. In addition to readings about Baldwin, the course has drawn upon a recent book co-authored by Jamie McGhee and GIRI director Adam Hollowell, You Mean It or You Don't: James Baldwin's Radical Challenge (Broadleaf Books, 2022).

In addition to celebrating our students' work from the semester, we will host featured keynote speaker Dr. Michelle Elam of Stanford University.

Michele Elam is the William Robertson Coe Professor of Humanities in the English Department at Stanford University, a Faculty Associate Director of the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence and a Race & Technology Affiliate at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity .

Elam's research in interdisciplinary humanities connects literature and the social sciences in order to examine changing cultural interpretations of gender and race. Her work is informed by the understanding that racial perception and identification in particular impacts outcomes for health, wealth and social justice. Among Dr. Elam's many publications is The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin (Cambridge University Press, 2015).