CEHV Conversations on Race and Justice


CEHV is committed to providing a forum for critical reflection on racism and racial inequalities in the United States, and to supporting the dialogue necessary to combat these issues at Ohio State and in the broader community.

CEHV has partnered with units across campus to host related programming. Please contact Piers Turner if you would like to work with us on a new event or program.

Featured past events concerning racial justice are listed below.

Recent Events

• The Color of Technology with Professor Ruha Benjamin (Collaboration between CEHV, ODI, and the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College)

• The Color of Health: Examining Racism as a Public Health Crisis (Collaboration between CEHV and the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College

• From Chaos to Community: Faith and Racial Justice (a panel discussion with local religious leaders cosponsored by the Ohio Council of Churches and the Center for the Study of Religion) 

• Richard Rothstein on "The Color of Law: Race, Racism and Public Policy in America" (with the Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College)

• As part of the 2020-2021 COVID-19 COMPAS Program, CEHV hosted Yolonda Y. Wilson and Sridhar Venkatapuram for the webinar "Who Gets Sick? Who Gets Care? Inequalities in Health and Health Care" which focused on racial inequalities related to health.

CEHV cohosted Rev. Dr. William Barber's lecture for the 22nd Annual President and Provost's Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series (held October 13, 2020).

• With the Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability (IDEA), CEHV cohosted "From Protest to Policy: How Does the Movement Sparked by George Floyd’s Death Ensure Lasting Change?", with US Representative Joyce Beatty (OH-3) and Dr. Darrick Hamilton of Ohio State's Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

• CEHV cohosted a special session of School of Environmental and Natural Resources Seminar Series on "Racial Reckoning and the Environmental Movement" with Rev. Marcia Dinkins (Ohio IPL and Black Women Rising) and Rev. Jack Sullivan, Jr. (DMin., DD).

COMPAS Program "What is America?" (2019-2020):

• Professor Danielle Allen delivered the 2019 Distinguished Lecture in Ethics on the theme "The Meaning of America: Laying a New Foundation for Commitment to American Democracy and One Another". Allen challenged us to face our nation’s history of racism and inequality, to assert the right to protest a government that has failed so many of its citizens, and to forge a new narrative for America.

• Darrick Hamilton and J.D. Vance discussed “What is the American Dream?” at the January 2020 COMPAS Conference. Hamilton’s remarks focused on the failure our country to make the American dream a reality for Black Americans.

• Angela Banks spoke on race and perceptions of American identity at the September 2019 COMPAS Conference "Who Is An American?"

• CEHV cosponsored a screening and panel discussion of the film Emanuel: the untold story of the victims and survivors of the Charleston church shooting, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  

• CEHV cosponsored "Internment: Now and Then", hosted by the Center for Ethnic Studies.

COMPAS Program on Inequality (2016-2017):

• Kwame Anthony Appiah gave a lecture on “Two Cheers for Equality” as part of the COMPAS Program as well as the President and Provost's Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series. “My aim in this talk,” he said, “will be to canvass a diverse range of ways in which appeal to equality can be construed in a society like ours. Equality… is a complex idea.” 

• Townsand Price-Spratlen and Sara Wakefield spoke on a panel on “Mass Incarceration” at our fall conference on “When do Inequalities Matter?”

• Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level, gave a talk “Inequality: The Enemy Between Us?” that built on his argument about the importance of social equality for the well-being of a society

• Robert Fullilove and Paula Braveman took part in a panel on “Health Disparities,” including those due to race.

• Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen gave our Distinguished Lecture in Ethics on the topic “What is Wrong with Inequality?

COMPAS Program on Religion (2017-2018):

• Christopher Carter spoke on “Food Pyramid Scheme”, addressing “the structural inequalities that exist in the domestic food system for both producers and consumers, paying particular attention to the underlying sociological and theological assumptions that permit the current food system, whose shortcomings disproportionately affect communities of color.”

CARE Panels:

• Katrina ClawMathew Anderson, and Daniel Rivers spoke on the ethics of research involving Indigenous populations at the CARE Panel "Genomics Research with Indigenous Communities".

• LaKisha Simmons spoke about the relationship between academic research and racial justice advocacy at a CARE panel on "The Researcher as Advocate?"