Conversations on the Edge - A Discussion Series at Cambridge Center for Adult Education
The Civil Rights Movement, Women's Suffrage, Stonewall. There have been many instances of resistance over the course of our history; indeed, America was born out of acts of resistance. And while resistance has often been a stance of dissenting citizens protesting various forms of injustice over time, in the current era, resistance has become a mode of action for many more Americans. In this conversation, grassroots organizers, historians, and policy makers will explore examples of resistance and their significance.
John Stauffer: Professor of English and American Literature, American Studies and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is a leading authority on anti-slavery, the Civil War era, social protest movements and photography, and author of 19 books including The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (2002).
Sheila Decter: Founding Executive Director of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA), a position she has held for over 16 years. For more than four decades, she has been a change-maker in the Jewish social justice movement and has dedicated her entire career to fighting for social and economic justice, civil rights and constitutional liberties.
Paul Butler: Law professor at Georgetown University and a visiting a professor at Harvard Law School who researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory. He is the author of the widely well received Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice(2009)-which received the Harry Chapin Media award-as well as the recent Chokehold: Policing Black Men (2017).
Ashley Herring: Community organizer, activist, and representative of Black Lives Matter Cambridge. Ashley teaches Performing Arts at a charter school in Dorchester, and also founded and organizes Blackyardart, a community-based gathering that encourages the creation of black art that both calls out local social issues, and also explores how art can be used to resist.