All Eyes on Louisville: Fall 2020 Social Justice Speaker Series

All eyes must remain on Louisville until justice is won. The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies conducted a virtual series that celebrated the work that Louisville’s local leaders are doing on behalf of our collective freedom.
All Eyes on Louisville: Fall 2020 Social Justice Speaker Series

Louisville Skyline Panorama by Louisville Images (from Flickr).

All eyes must remain on Louisville until justice is won. The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies conducted a virtual series that celebrated the work that Louisville’s local leaders are doing on behalf of our collective freedom. This series was an opportunity for the campus community to learn from their vision and find out how to join in the struggles for justice for Breonna Taylor and for the Black, brown, and poor residents of our city. We dialogued about how we can work towards liberation through education, art, cross-border solidarity, law reform, and restorative justice.

We heartily thank our co-sponsors: Anne Braden Institute, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, Graduate Certificate in Diversity Literacy, Pan-African Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Women’s Center, and Pi Sigma Alpha.

Out of the Classroom and into the Streets: Activism & Education's Relationship To/With One Another

Date: October 29th

This panel discussion will focused on how education informs activism and vice versa.

Panelists:

  • Remi Dior (they/she), U of L Student and Community Activist
  • Talesha Wilson, U of L Alum and Community Activist
  • Ahmad Washington (he/him), Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development, U of L

Moderator: Jaison Ashley Gardner (he/him), Co-Producer & Co-Host, Strange Fruit Podcast


Imagining Our Way to Freedom: Art, Activism, and Worldmaking

Date: November 5th

This panel discussion focusedon Black artists and Black Arts activism and how both have always been integral to social justice movements.

Panelists:

  • Sidney Monroe Williams (SID, they/them), Assistant Professor in Theatre Arts & African American Theatre Program, U of L
  • Hannah Drake, Louisville Poet & Activist
  • Ramona Lindsey (she/her), Artist, Philanthropist, & Curious Citizen

Moderator: Nefertiti Burton (she/her), Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at U of L


All of Us or None of Us: Connecting the Dots Between BLM in Louisville and the Americas

Date: November 12th

How do our struggles for social justice and freedom in Louisville intersect with and relate to social justice struggle throughout the hemisphere? This panel offers transnational approaches to activism and the movements for Black lives.

Panelists:

  • Karen Moya (she/her), Adult Services Coordinator, Americana Center.
  • Sara Nuñez (she/her), Doctoral Student at U of L and former Director of the Cultural Center
  • T. Gonzales (T./he/him), Director, Center for Health Equity, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness

Moderator: Cara K. Snyder (she/they), Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, U of L


No Justice, No Peace: Exploring Breonna's Law, Transformative Justice, and Defunding Police

Date: November 19th

What does it mean to defund police? What did Breonna's Law do? What is transformative justice and how can it help us understand what defunding the police looks like?

Panelists:

  • Lonita Baker (she/her), Aguiar Injury Lawyers PLLC
  • Keturah J. Herron (she/they), Policy Strategies ACLU Kentucky
  • Ashanti Scott (she/her), U of L Student & Activist
  • Cherie Dawson (she/her), Associate Dean, A&S Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Moderator: Sadiqa Reynolds (she/her), Director of the Louisville Urban League