February Monthly Gathering – Navigating the Intangible yet Tangible Consequences of Racism

This presentation explores symbolic annihilation: the use of words, images and ideas to devalue, marginalize, and objectify the experiences and contributions of specific groups in society. To understand the permanence of racism as a cultural normality, this presentation interrogates the operation of Blackness in structurally imposed, traditional White spaces. The term space is used here to identify both the ideological and material constructs that perpetuate, maintain and justify systems of racial stratification in society

Guiding us will be Dr. Kalvin D. Harvell. Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, he earned a B.S. and M.A. in sociology, an Ed.S. in educational leadership (Specialist), and a Ph.D. in global leadership.

Dr. Harvell is a professor of sociology at Henry Ford College in Dearborn and has taught an array of courses, including but not limited to, Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society, Independent Studies, and Leadership in Diverse Communities and Organizations. Furthermore, Dr. Harvell taught in a learning community designed for under-represented males. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Harvell and his esteemed colleagues coordinate the Black Male and Quintessential Unique Essence of Ebony Necessary Sisters (QUEENS) Focus Group, an academic and social support network designed to address equity on the campus of Henry Ford College.

Currently, Dr. Harvell also serves as the president of the Michigan Sociological Association. Additionally, he is the chief intellectual officer (CIO) at Harvell & Associates, an educational consulting firm involved in the production of asset-focused, culturally responsive educational programming. However, of all of his accomplishments and letters, the letters he is most proud and passionate about are D A D D Y!

The program takes place on Saturday, February 16th , at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church in Southfield. Doors open at 5pm. The program begins at 6pm. Please note the new starting time!

Adult members: $4, or a strip of 4 tickets – $12
Adult guests: $5
Children 12 and under: $2
Members receive free admission in the month of their birthday