African American Workshop and Lecture Series Videos

African American Workshop Lecture Series Banner


 Alondra Nelson | Eric Holder | Ruth SimmonsEmmanuel AkyeampongKhalil Gibran MuhammadKimberly JohnsonLia EppersonFreeman A. Hrabowski, III


headshot of alondra nelson

Alondra Nelson
The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome

  • President, Social Science Research Council
  • Harold F. Linder Chair and Professor, Institute for Advanced Study 
  • Author, The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome: finalist for Hurston-Wright Foundation Award for Nonfiction; Wall Street Journal favorite book.







headshot of Eric Holder

Honorable Eric Holder
Defending Democracy: A Conversation with Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States (2009-2015)

  • 82nd Attorney General of the United States under Obama Administration
  • First African-American to be Attorney General of the United States
  • Chair, National Democratic Redistricting Committee
  • Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, D.C.







Headshot of Ruth Simmons

Ruth Simmons
Civil Society’s Debt to Higher Education

  • President, Prairie View A&M University in Praire View, Texas
  • President (former), Brown University
  • First African-American named president of Ivy League University
  • Established Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice







Headshot of Emmanuel Akyeampong

Emmanuel Akyeampong
African and African American Relations, c. 1960 to Recent Times: Transformations in Global Blackness

  • Faculty Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies
  • Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University.
  • Fellow: Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • President: African Public Broadcasting Foundation








Headshot of Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Khalil Gibran Muhammad
The Role of Antiracist Research in the Academy and Beyond

  • Professor, History, Race and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies.
  • Director (former), Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Awards: Fortune Society’s Game Changer Award, Ebony Power 100, Root 100 of Black Influencers








Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson
How Far Do You Have To Go For Justice? Acting beyond the vote.

  • Author, best-selling novel This Is My America
  • University of Oregon Assistant Vice Provost for Advising
  • Director for the University of Oregon Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence.








headshot of Lia Epperson

Lia Epperson
UO Law School Derrick Bell Speaker Series 

  • Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, American University Washington College of Law.
  • Expertise: civil rights, constitutional law, and education policy.








Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
The Empowered University: Shared Leadership, Culture Change, and Academic Success  

  • President, University of Maryland
  • Chair, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans under   President Obama
  • Chairperson, National Academies’ committee and report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the CrossroadsTED talk, Four Pillars of College Success in Science.