Critical Race Theory: Context, Controversy, and Call to Action with Dr. Richard Bell

Critical Race Theory: Context, Controversy, and Call to Action with Dr. Richard Bell


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Suddenly, this past year, everyone has begun talking about Critical Race Theory (CRT), a set of premises developed by legal scholars decades ago to interpret America’s institutions in the context of race and civil rights. In recent months, legislators in many states have rushed to pass laws to ban the teaching of CRT from K-12 classrooms across the United States. Yet what exactly is CRT? It can be hard to know, and there’s no manifesto or mission statement. This has made Critical Race Theory a bit of a moving target.

Our seminar has three quite different goals. The first objective is to locate the origins of CRT, establish its core premises, describe the recent controversy, and interrogate the stakes of it all. The second objective is to show you CRT in action—to narrate the histories of voting rights and crime and punishment in the United States through the lens of Critical Race Theory. The third is to introduce participants to a list of practices that CRT scholars believe all of us can adopt to mitigate the worst legacies of slavery in our supposedly post-slavery world.

Led by an expert on American History, Dr. Richard Bell, this conversation will teach participants about the inclusion of Critical Race Theory in American classrooms. Participants will come away with a well-rounded understanding of this contentious debate between legislators, educators, and American citizens.

To explore additional seminars led by Dr. Bell on the topic of American History, click here. 

Dr. Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar Award. Professor Bell is author of the new book "Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home," which was shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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A. (East Lansing, US)
Very helpful

Provided a very clear overall description of CRT

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S.S. (Oxford, US)
CRT

This is my second live stream of Critical Race Theory and again Richard Bell explains what CRT really is, and that it should be part of our United States History - and I agree 100%!

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L.A. (Denver, US)
Superb presentation.

Dr. Bell's lecture on Critical Race Theory is the single most informative and important presentation I have experienced in all of the many, many adult learning opportunities that I have taken over the last 2 years. Not only is he the most articulate and personable of professors, but he had researched and analyzed the material in such as way as to make it fascinating, motivating, and highly educational all in one bundle. This is complicated and emotionally charged material presented in a very objective, yet compelling voice. I want to share this class with everyone I know and everyone I don't know. The call to action has been heard and answered. Thank you very much!

D
D.F.W. (Los Angeles, US)
Outstanding

Outstanding in-depth presentation that should be required for everyone to attend. I admire Richard Bell for his courage, integrity, and scholarship.

K
K.S. (London, GB)
Timely and valuable

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Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
100%
(15)
0%
(0)
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(0)
0%
(0)
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A
A. (East Lansing, US)
Very helpful

Provided a very clear overall description of CRT

S
S.S. (Oxford, US)
CRT

This is my second live stream of Critical Race Theory and again Richard Bell explains what CRT really is, and that it should be part of our United States History - and I agree 100%!

L
L.A. (Denver, US)
Superb presentation.

Dr. Bell's lecture on Critical Race Theory is the single most informative and important presentation I have experienced in all of the many, many adult learning opportunities that I have taken over the last 2 years. Not only is he the most articulate and personable of professors, but he had researched and analyzed the material in such as way as to make it fascinating, motivating, and highly educational all in one bundle. This is complicated and emotionally charged material presented in a very objective, yet compelling voice. I want to share this class with everyone I know and everyone I don't know. The call to action has been heard and answered. Thank you very much!

D
D.F.W. (Los Angeles, US)
Outstanding

Outstanding in-depth presentation that should be required for everyone to attend. I admire Richard Bell for his courage, integrity, and scholarship.

K
K.S. (London, GB)
Timely and valuable

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