Lecture spotlight: Linguistic racism; Uyghur Muslims in China; sustainability expert

“From Linguistic Racism to Linguistic Justice and Liberation: Black Language, Literacy, and Learning”
5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 1, virtual. Register here.

A panel will discuss the ways African American Vernacular English should be respected and integrated as part of the literacy and learning of Black children during COVID-19 and beyond, and explore the relationship between Black children’s language and the development of a healthy identity  The panel will be moderated by Aisha White, director of P.R.I.D.E., and will include April Baker-Bell, associate professor of Language, Literacy, and English Education in the Departments of English and African American and African Studies at Michigan State University; and Valerie Kinloch, dean of the Pitt School of Education. This session is sponsored by the Office of Child Development’s P.R.I.D.E. program (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education), the Office of Child Development, the Pittsburgh Study, and the PittEd Justice Collective.


“The Plight of the Uyghur Muslims in China: A Cultural Genocide”
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 1, virtual. Register here

The Center for Governance and Markets will host a virtual panel discussion centered on Uyghur Muslims in China, featuring three experts: Mihrigul Tursun, Nurey Turkel, and Sean Roberts. This virtual event will feature a Q & A with the speakers.


“Insights from a Fortune 200 Sustainability Expert,” with Mike Corcoran, manager of environmental compliance at PPG
11 a.m.-noon Sept. 2, virtual. Register here.

How does a corporation become more sustainable? And how can you use your MBA to improve environmental outcomes? Corcoran (MBA, Duquesne University ‘95) oversees the implementation of PPG’s environmental sustainability programs. He will discuss transforming sustainability from a vague, amorphous concept, to an actionable corporate priority, to a daily responsibility with distinct metrics for 47,000 employees across 70 countries. Sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Business.


“Position, Power, Autoethnography: An Antiracist Workshop,” with Louis Maraj, assistant professor of English at Pitt
12:30-2 p.m. Sept. 3, virtual via Zoom

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Maraj is author of the forthcoming book “Black or Right: Anti/Racist Campus Rhetorics” (Utah State University Press, 2020). His research focuses on rhetorical theory, Black studies, digital media, and antiracist pedagogies. Maraj is co-founder of Digital Black Lit and Composition, a mentorship network for Black graduate students in fields related to language. Sponsored by the Humanities Center.