Campus Dialogue on Race

October 31 – November 4, 2016

Free and Open to Public

Identity Urgency and the Body Politic

The Campus Dialogue on Race (CDOR) is an annual event at Humboldt State University that invites students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to present and attend programs that relate to racial justice and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance. Our objective is to create spaces and structures for reflection, analysis, dialogue and positive strategies for change. This year's Dialogue will run from October 31 – November 4, 2016.

The vision of Campus Dialogue on Race is to achieve racial, social, and environmental justice. The program's mission is to promote and facilitate social and environmental change by engaging a diverse range of individuals, communities, and viewpoints to explore the impact of racism and its intersections with all forms of oppression. In addition, students can earn a unit of credit in ES 480, Campus Dialogue on Race.

Potential workshop topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Race, Racism and Racial Justice
  • Voter Suppression
  • Reproductive justice
  • Intersectionality
  • Food sovereignty
  • Citizenship
  • Immigration justice
  • Queerness
  • Police state / community accountability
  • Prison industrial complex / restorative justice / transformative justice
  • Decolonization
  • Feminist vegetarian ethics of care
  • “The body is not an apology”
  • Fat / body positivity
  • Voter rights / radical democracy
  • Alternative media / independent media
  • Economic justice
  • Reparations
  • Less broken democracy
  • Accessibility / disability justice
  • Mental health
  • Neurodiversity
  • Body justice
  • Dog Whistling the National Anthem

Keynote Speaker

Ian Haney López

Ian F. Haney López

Keynote: "Anger and Politics: Exploring the Connections Between Race, Democracy, and Economic Inequality"

Thursday, Nov. 3
6 PM
Kate Buchanan Room (KBR)

Rejecting any simple story of malevolent and obvious racism, in this lecture Professor Ian Haney López explores the fundamental connection between the two central themes that dominate American politics today: the Republican Party's increasing reliance on white voters, and the destabilization and decline of the middle class. Putting the use of race in the 2016 presidential campaign into a larger historical context, Haney López asks where we go from here.

One of the nation's leading thinkers on racism's evolution since the civil rights era, Ian Haney López holds an endowed chair as the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. Haney López is also a Senior Fellow at Demos and the director of the Racial Politics Project at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. The author or editor of five books, his most recent is Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.

To learn more about Professor Ian Haney López, please visit:


American Genocide book cover

Featuring: Benjamin Madley

An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe

Wednesday, November 2nd
Tolowa Genocide Lecture
Open to all • Native American Forum

The Question of Genocide in American History
Open to all • Native American Forum

Thursday, November 3rd
Book Talk and Q & A in the Library's Authors Hall


HSU Campus Dialogue on Race (CDOR) started in 1998, spurred by President Bill Clinton’s Initiative on Race. He recognized that America was increasingly becoming a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-religious society, making it imperative to identify common values and advance together across our differences. He challenged universities and communities across the nation to begin a very difficult dialogue about race. University campuses hosted town hall meetings, programs, speaker series, and workshops to facilitate the long road toward awareness and progress around complex issues of race.

HSU responded to the call and held its first dialogue on race in 1998 on the first floor of the J, with approximately 80 people in attendance. Over the years, HSU has been committed to creating safe spaces for this important dialogue. CDOR provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the community to participate in a week or more of workshops, keynote speakers, poster sessions, panel discussions, and dialogues exploring the impact of racism and its intersections with all forms of oppression.

Room Abbreviations:
GF – Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East 102)
NHE – Nelson Hall East
GH – Gist Hall
FH – Founders Hall
SH – Siemens Hall
KBR – Kate Buchanan Room