Juneteenth and Emancipations to Come

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Please join us for the university’s second annual event celebrating Juneteenth with three panels exploring ideas and questions central to the holiday.

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Intro/Session Time Speaker(s)
Introduction and Occasion 8:45–9 a.m. Reginald DesRoches
Howard R. Hughes Provost, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Session 1: Engineering for Black Lives 9–10 a.m.

Chair: Fay Yarbrough
Associate Dean of Humanities, Professor of History and Affiliated Faculty with the Center for African and African American Studies

“Emancipated, Assimilated and Still Motivated”
Dani Perdue
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Rice Sallyport Award Winner

“Computational Decision-Making for Black Life”
Illya Hicks
Professor and Chair of the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics

“Becoming and Producing the Resilient, Tenured, Black, R1 Engineering Professor in the 21st Century”
C. Fred Higgs III
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership and John and Ann Doerr Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Session 2: On Blackness and Future Freedoms 10:15–11:15 a.m. Chair: Alexander X. Byrd
Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of History

“Black Culture for Sale in the French Atlantic: Negrophilia Flirting With Negrophobia”
Jacqueline Couti
Laurence H. Favrot Professor of French Studies and Affiliated Faculty with the Center for African and African American Studies

“The Racial Wealth Gap: Understanding Driving Factors and the Limits of Current Policy Responses”
Brielle Bryan
Assistant Professor of Sociology

“Equity in Entrepreneurship and Inclusiveness in Innovative Industries”
Constance Elise Porter
Senior Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing
Session 3: Update From the Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Chair: Adrienne Rooney
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Art and Art History and Co-Organizer of the Racial Geography Project

Alexander X. Byrd
Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of History

W. Caleb McDaniel
Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Department of History

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