Experts Discuss 2020 Protests Against Systemic Racism

For the second Wednesday in a row, hundreds of students, staff, faculty, and alumni gathered online to discuss the state of race relations in America and what actions we can take individually and as a community to end systemic racism.

The Department of History last evening hosted 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds to Revolution: Making Sense of the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor Protests, a roundtable featuring experts who helped the Wooster campus community understand how we got to this point and where we go from here.

The event featured four scholars of the black experience, all with longstanding and deep connections to our College of Wooster community:

  • Kabria Baumgartner, Associate Professor of English and Women’s & Gender Studies, University of New Hampshire
  • Shannon King, Associate Professor of History, Fairfield University
  • Charles Peterson, Professor of Africana Studies, Oberlin College & Conservatory
  • Nicosia Shakes, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, College of Wooster

Special guest appearances were made by Leslie Wingard, Associate Professor of English, College of Wooster, and Marc Goulding, Associate Professor of History, University of Central Oklahoma.