CEHV Conversations on Race and Justice

CEHV is committed to providing a forum for debates about racism and racial inequalities in the United States. Featured past events are listed below.

Shared Values "Community Conversations":

Diversity and Innovation: Shared Values for the Civic Work of Connecting People and Ideas (Meira Levinson in conversation with CEHV's Winston Thompson)

Sigal Ben-Porath gave a keynote address: "On How Universities Can Foster Free Speech, Promote Inclusion, and Renew Democracy," which was followed by a discussion with Melissa Gilliam.

Distinguished Lecture in Ethics:


• Professor Tommie Shelby will deliver the 2024 Distinguished Lecture in Ethics on the theme, How Racial Stereotypes Wrong: A Political Ethics of Belief.

• 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.

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

Collaboration with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) "Stand for Racial Justice":

• The Color of Education: Students of Color Advocate for Their Needs (Collaboration between CEHV and the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College)

• The Color of Environmental Health: The Effects of Environmental Justice on Human Well-Being (Collaboration between CEHV and the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College)

• 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)

• The Color of Law: Race, Racism and Public Policy in America with Richard Rothstein (Collaboration between CEHV and the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College)

COMPAS Program:

• Angela Banks (Law, Arizona State University) and Peter Levine (Citizenship & Public Affairs, Tufts) were joined by Moderator Winston Thompson (Educational Studies, OSU) in a discussion of, "What Should Civic Education Become in the 21st Century" as part of our 2022-2023 COMPAS program on "Education in Our Democracy"

Lauren Bialystok and Jennifer Hirsch discussed "Should We Reconsider Sex and Education?" as part of our 2022-2023 COMPAS program on "Education in Our Democracy."

•During the 2022-2023 "Education in Our Democracy" COMPAS Program's Conference: "Should Education be Less Divisive?," Paula McAvoy and Hasan Jeffries discussed, "Is our Curriculum 'Divisive'?"; Zein Murib, Cris Mayo, and Cliff Rosky discussed, "Are Our Students' Identities 'Divisive'?"

Erica O. Turner and Lawrence Blum discussed "Why Integrate Schools in Our Segregated World?" as part of our 2022-2023 COMPAS program on "Education in Our Democracy."

Darrick Hamilton and Richard Reeves discussed "Are Markets Progressive: Markets and Inequalityas part of our 2021-2022 COMPAS program on "Markets and the Open Society"

• 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.

• 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.

• CEHV held a conference On Global Inequality in the spring semester of 2017. This included talks by Monique Deveaux (Philosophy, Guelph), Mathias Risse (Philosophy and Public Policy, Harvard) about Material Inequality and Poverty; Ines Valdez (Political Science, Ohio State) and Adam Hosein (Philosophy, Colorado), with Moderator Joyce Chen (Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, Ohio State) about Migration.

• 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.

• 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:

• Dr. Joseph Mwanzia Nguta, Dónal O'Mathúna, and Rebecca B. Garabed spoke at the CARE Panel on "The Ethics of One Health Research"

Ronald Glass, Timothy San Pedro, and Tasleem Padamsee spoke at the CARE Panel on "Are Just Partnerships Possible with University-Community Research?"

Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp, Leslie Moore, and Arati Maleku spoke at the CARE Panel on "The Ethics of Research with Immigrant Populations".

• 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?"

Civil Discourse Forums:

Do Prisons Make us Safe? (moderated by CEHV's undergraduate Civil Discourse Fellows)

•  Is Affirmative Action Just? (moderated by CEHV's undergraduate Civil Discourse Fellows)

• Should Open Societies Have Open Borders? (moderated by CEHV's undergraduate Civil Discourse Fellows)

• Should Americans be Proud of their History? (moderated by CEHV's undergraduate Civil Discourse Fellows)  

Stand-Alone Events:

• 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) 

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).


Ethics Circle Fellows:

•CEHV Ethics Circle Fellow Alesondra Christmas created two free anti-racism training courses through Scarlet Canvas