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Prof. Tricia Matthew, sitting inside a recording booth, while being interviewed.

Dr. Patricia Matthew being interviewed by The Brian Lehrer Show and A Daily Politics Podcast, WNYC.

The members of UB's Distinguished Visiting Scholars cohort join UB's faculty as award-winning authors, accomplished artists, committed activists and public scholars. Recent publications, blog posts, media appearances, podcasts, and commentaries will be continuously added here.

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Dr. Vanessa Holden, Historian and UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Dr. Vanessa Holden on the History of Policing African Americans

"For virtually the first time, white Americans have faced social disapproval for being caught on camera in the act of treating utterly normal behavior by black people as criminal. But people like “BBQ Becky” are not new. They continue a long tradition that began in slavery. From the 1600s to 1865, white Americans watched Africans and African Americans, checked to see if they fit the description of specific fugitives from slavery, stopped, questioned and seized them — and got rewards for doing so. The pattern established by white policing of African Americans’ movement during slavery is something that many remain all too eager to continue."

Book cover of Tacit Racism by Anne Warfield Rawls and Waverly Duck.

Anne Warfield Rawls and Waverly Duck

 

Dr. Waverly Duck on "Tacit Racism"

UB's Baldy Center Podcast Series (episode 10) features UB Distinguished Visiting Scholar Prof. Waverly Duck and co-author Prof. Anne Rawls (Bentley University) in a discussion of their new book, Tacit Racism

"We need to talk about racism before it destroys our democracy. And that conversation needs to start with an acknowledgement that racism is coded into even the most ordinary interactions."  -- Excerpt 

Picture from series, "Bridgerton" as cover of the LA Review of Books article.

LA Review of Books

Dr. Tricia Matthew discusses "Bridgerton"

"She is a woman of color, and in some other storyteller’s hands this might make her a token exotic with a predicable narrative arc, especially in 1813 England. This, however, is Shondaland’s Regency England, so Marina is not alone; she’s not even the only mixed-race character in the series. There are Black actors among the servants, the people walking along the street, the merchant class, the young members of the ton, and their mothers. The queen is Black (Queen Charlotte played by Golda Rosheuvel). The dashing Duke at the center of the primary love story is Black (Simon Basset the Duke of Hastings played by Regé-Jean Page), and so are both of his parents (Daphne Di Cinto and Richard Pepple). The ton’s most feared matron Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) is Black. With such a diverse cast, Bridgerton not only enters the contemporary Regency-era lexicon at a time when contemporary Black writers, artists, critics, and scholars have successfully punctured the myths about its homogeneity but also gives us a multicultural world that feels organic and allows its young characters of color their own bildungsroman."

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Education Week (October 5, 2020) by David E. Dematthews and Terri N. Watson

Dr. Terri Watson, "No, Critical Race Theory Isn't 'Anti-American'"

"Critical race theory, which presupposes that racism is embedded within society and institutions, is not propaganda or anti-American; it is a toolkit for examining and addressing racism and other forms of marginalization. Rather than rejecting this toolkit, the Department of Education should ensure principals and teachers learn how it can be applied to address long-standing educational inequities."

A mosaic of color and patterns in abstract form.

Eli Clare Named Ford Foundation Disability Futures Fellow

Eli Clare named one of a group of 20 creatives in an exceptionally diverse cohort of disabled practitioners. 

 

Crowd demonstrating for Black Lives Matters.

Dr. John Eason Interviewed on Wisconsin's Changing Demographics

"Kenosha, Wisconsin, became a national byword for racial unrest when protests in August erupted in violence.

After local police shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, seven times in the back, leaving him paralyzed, furious residents took to the streets expressing years of pent-up angerDuring nighttime hours, fires were set.

Law enforcement’s response only escalated the situation. One night an armed white militia showed up, and Kenosha officers thanked them. Then, at 11:45 p.m. on Aug. 25, a white teenager allegedly fired an assault rifle during a confrontation, killing two protesters and wounding one.

Most anti-racism demonstrations across the United States last summer were fairly peaceful.

What went wrong in Kenosha?"

Portrait photo of Victoria-Idongesit Udondian, staring straight at the camera.

Victoria-Idongesit Udondian

Victoria-Idongesit Udondian recognized as Guggenheim Fellow

"Udondian creates work that questions notions of cultural identity and post-colonial positions in relation to her experiences growing up in Nigeria, a country flooded with cast-off from the West. Her work is driven by her interest in textiles and the potential for clothing to shape identity, informed by the histories and tacit meanings embedded in everyday materials. She engages with repurposed material to investigate how fundamental changes in fabric can affect one's perception of identity."

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Lavelle Porter, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sept. 9, 2020

Dr. Patricia Matthew interviews Dr. Lavelle Porter, author of "The Blackademic Life"

"THE INTRODUCTION TO Lavelle Porter’s The Blackademic Life: Academic Fiction, Higher Education, and the Black Intellectual is titled “Blackademic Lives Matter” and the sentiment has never carried as much weight as in this moment when academic institutions are faced with two overlapping pandemics — one that has been within their walls for centuries and one that is redefining how they will go about their work in the fall."