Small Talk: Black USA Today with Professor Stephen Small

Brought to you by Writing on the Wall
Wednesday 20 October, 6pm
Free. Pre-booking essential

Black Lives Matter began as a hashtag, a social media campaign in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013 for the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin. It was the start of a new form of activism and a new social (media) movement. After the devastating death of George Floyd last year, the issue of police brutality, racial violence and prejudice against Black people reached fever pitch. The lives and experiences of Black people across the US and Europe were discussed and debated on a scale never before seen.

In his presentation Professor Stephen Small of Berkley, University of California, will capture some of the salient issues facing Black Americans today, describing the contradictions and paradoxes of Black life in a society currently devastated by a public health crisis and economic decay. Stephen was born in Toxteth, moving to the United States in 1984. Since 1995, Stephen has worked a professor in the Department of African Diaspora Studies. He is also director of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (since June 2020). He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley (1989). He researches the history and sociology of Black people across the African diaspora, including the United States, Western Europe, the Caribbean and Brazil.

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