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Race, Racism and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium: “ARTivism: Using Arts-based Scholarship to Interrogate and Dismantle Racism”

February 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Race, Racism & Racial Equity Symposium Feb. 24, 2021


The Race, Racism and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium is a series of virtual events that bring together scholars and researchers from across campus to share their work with Carolina and the broader community.

We will provide context on the state of race at UNC and in the U.S., complementing the work of the Chancellor’s Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward. R3 will also highlight the stellar and innovative work of our graduate researchers. R3 is co-hosted by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Jordan Institute for Families and the UNC School of Social Work‘s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The arts can help us better understand systems of oppression and their impacts, challenge white supremacy, foster dialogue around race and racism, and advance racial equity. The third in the R3 series, “ARTivism: Using Arts-based Scholarship to Interrogate and Dismantle Racism,” will highlight work by UNC scholars and current and former graduate students to do just that through a variety of artistic genres, including performance, storytelling, music, painting, and photography. We are also honored to include a spoken word performance by Chapel Hill’s inaugural Poet Laureate, CJ Suitt.

Moderator: Travis Albritton, Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School of Social Work.


  • Charlie Dupee, Visual Artist, Graduate Student, Department of Art & Art History
  • Michael A. Figueroa, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology, Department of Music
  • Susan Harbage Page, MFA, Visual Artist, Photographer, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s & Gender Studies
  • Sonny Kelly, PhD (UNC ’20), Performer, Storyteller
  • Jacqueline E. Lawton, MFA, Assistant Professor of Playwriting, Play Analysis, Theatre for Social Change & Dramaturgy, Department of Dramatic Art





February 24
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm