Critical Conversations Series Continues

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Division of Diversity and Inclusion will continue to host a series of critical conversations addressing systemic racism in the United States.
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The Fall 2021 Critical Conversations series starts in September with the virtual session, “The Role of Antiracism Work and Healing in Museums.”

This event is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9. Attendance is free, but registration is required online. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration confirmation.

The UMKC community is taking thoughtful action on campus and in our community to ensure lasting and comprehensive reform through Roos Advocate for Community Change, a campus-wide effort announced in June 2020 following the death of George Floyd.

Last year’s panel discussions were in a Zoom town hall format and featured UMKC faculty, staff, students and volunteer leaders who represent the topic being discussed. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the first session for this academic year will be virtual.

Each discussion aims to enlighten, educate, and explore the causes and potential cures for racism. Further, the university will strive to share actionable steps that can be used to improve racial interactions in the broader community.

Panelists for the September Critical Conversations include Rashida Phillips, executive director, American Jazz Museum; Julian Zugazagoitia, director and CEO, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art; Glenn North, executive director, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center; Matthew Naylor, president and CEO, National War World I Museum and Memorial; and Anna Marie Tutera, director, Kansas City Museum. Gary O’Bannon, executive-in-residence, UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management, is the moderator.

“The Role of Antiracism Work and Healing in Museums,” in collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, is the ninth discussion in the Critical Conversations series, sponsored by the office of UMKC Chancellor Mauli Agrawal and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. Information on past Critical Conversations panels is available online.

Published: Aug 31, 2021

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