The IPS, through public dialogues, generates conversations and builds partnerships with scholars and community cultural producers in Kalamazoo and Michigan more broadly in the fields of the Humanities that explore methods to create social change. In particular, we consider how identities about, and experiences in, spaces and places of significant historical and cultural location are informed by and impact past and current policies and patterns, especially for Black, Latinx, Indigenous individuals and communities in marginalized and variously empowered relationships to equity.
Select Past Dialogues
Adrian Vazquez, Daniel Oropeza, and Irving Quintero of El Concilio will be joining us for Southside Stories: where we will explore the history of El Concilio and its impact within the city of Kalamazoo.
The Institute of Public Scholarship is happy to announce our flagship event and the Black Buoyancy Series, “Lite and Lively”: Healing through Storytelling, Conversation and Reflection.
At 4pm on Wednesday August 5, 2020, The Institute of Public Scholarship will host an enjoyable and healing discussion on topics of Black buoyancy, music and Malcolm X in New York, Michigan and Ohio. In the spirit of Brother Sage’s saying “Lite and lively,” panelists will model Funkadelic’s vision of freeing our bodies by freeing our minds.
Join Dr. Michelle S. Johnson aka Dj Disobedience in an intimate conversation with Dr. John Carlos, 200 meter bronze-medal winner in the 1968 Summer Olympics, famed for his participation in the Black Power Salute, and Verge "Brother Sage" Gilliam, long-time activist and African American griot. Carlos and Gillam will share the personal, regional and international impact of music and the importance of sustaining Black buoyancy in activism. Institute Scholars, Denise Miller, Jessica Ivey and Jacob Pinney-Johnson will join.