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Race, Racism & Racial Equity (R3) Symposium – “ARTivism: Using Arts-based Scholarship to Interrogate and Dismantle Racism”

February 24, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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The Race, Racism, and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium, co-hosted by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Jordan Institute for Families, and the UNC School of Social Work’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is a series of virtual events that bring together scholars and researchers from across campus to share their work with Carolina and the broader community. 

The arts can help us better understand systems of oppression and their impacts, challenge white supremacy, foster dialogue around race and racism, and advance racial equity. This event will highlight work by UNC scholars and current and former graduate students to do just that through a variety of artistic genres, including performance, storytelling, music, painting, and photography. We are also honored to include a spoken word performance by Chapel Hill’s inaugural Poet Laureate, CJ Suitt. 


Panelists will include: 

  • Charlie Dupee, Visual Artist, Graduate Student, Department of Art & Art History 
  • Michael A. Figueroa, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology, Department of Music 
  • Susan Harbage Page, MFA, Visual Artist, Photographer, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s &Gender Studies 
  • Sonny Kelly, PhD (UNC ’20), Performer, Storyteller 
  • Jacqueline E. Lawton, MFA, Assistant Professor of Playwriting, Play Analysis, Theatre for Social Change &Dramaturgy, Department of Dramatic Art 


R3 “ARTivism: Using Arts-based Scholarship to Interrogate and Dismantle Racism” will be moderated by Dr. Travis Albritton, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the School of Social Work.


February 24, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm