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With its record of high-quality instruction and its commitment to civic engagement and constructive dialogue, Lander University’s Race and Identity Dialogue provides a series of virtual presentations and discussions on race and identity for its campus community and the public. The series is supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities through a grant from South Carolina Humanities.

The Race and Identity Dialogue is offered by Lander’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and sponsored by the university’s Diversity Advisory Council.  The series joins other campus programming to address issues of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Sessions provides participants with opportunities to learn and reflect, efforts that will enhance knowledge, awareness, attitude, and skills in growing relationships and civic and community engagement. Such a series would always be an important endeavor, but events in 2020 show that now is the time for dialogue and discussion. The series seeks to help participants learn about themselves, others, and examine social values as we learn about American society.

Lander students will have an opportunity to tell their own stories in submissions to one of Lander’s student publications: The Forum campus newspaper; and New Voices, the campus literary magazine. (Details will be shared with all Lander students.)

This series features virtual sessions that bring together scholars, civic and campus leaders, and students for the purpose of encouraging dialogue. All participants will register for a session and be provided materials to review.  Each session includes a presentation as well as and opportunities for dialogue with Q&A sessions with speakers and discussion leaders.

All sessions will take place virtually on the platform Crowdcast and includes time for presentation and discussion.  Participants must register for each session to attend.


Schedule of Events

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An Introduction to the Series: Prejudice, Privilege, and Power
  • January 21, 2021
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m.
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Personal Writing as Personal Reckoning
  • February 18, 2021
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m.
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African American Voices in Poetry
  • March 11, 2021
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m.
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Race, Politics, and Civic Action
  • April 8, 2021
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m.
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The Story of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
  • February 4, 2021
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m.
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Letters on Blackness: Exploring African American Literature
  • March 9, 2021
  • 5:30-6:15 p.m.
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Parenting and Telling Stories to Children
  • March 25, 2021
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m.
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Civic Engagement and Your Own Story
  • April 22, 2021
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Contact Us For Information

For more information about the Race and Identity Dialogue series, call (864) 388-8176 or contact one of the facilitators:


About South Carolina Humanities

The mission of South Carolina Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. This not-for-profit organization presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state.


Additional Resources and Materials

The National Museum of African American History and Culture says, “race is a defining social construct in American life.” In addition to the experience the Facilitators and Speakers bring to shaping the curriculum and teaching about these topics, additional resources come from leading organizations such as: