Symptoms of Crisis Event Series


March 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

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"The Gospel of J. Edgar Hoover: How the FBI Aided and Abetted the Rise of White Christian Nationalism"

Speaker: Lerone A. Martin (Associate Professor of Religious Studies and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Chair and Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University) Cosponsored by the Department of Religion.

March 28, 2022

Headshots of Vincent Brown, Cheryl Finley, and Christopher Freeburg

Counterlife: A Book Discussion — 12:00 p.m.

A discussion of Christopher Freeburg’s (English) book Counterlife with responses from Vincent Brown (History and African American Studies, Harvard University) and Cheryl Finley (Director of the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Art History, Spelman College). Lunch will be served; registration required. Limited number of book copies available in advance from HRI. Registration required

Panel and Discussion on Zoom | Slavery's Counterlives — 7:30 p.m.

Panelists: Vincent Brown (History and African American Studies, Harvard University), Cheryl Finley (Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University), and Christopher Freeburg (English). Register to get your Zoom link

April 7, 7:30 P.M. Central

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been canceled. Thank you for your interest! Stay tuned for future updates.

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Natalie Diaz: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet

Virtual Poetry Reading — 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a poetry reading with Natalie Diaz (Creative Writing, Arizona State University), a MacArthur Fellow and prize-winning poet. Cosponsored by the Program in American Indian Studies and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Register to get your Zoom link

Natalie Diaz's Books are available for purchase from the Illini Union Bookstore!


September 23, 7:30 p.m. Central

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Climate Change and the Virtues of Pessimism

Speaker: Roy Scranton (English Professor and Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative, University of Notre Dame)

Location: Levis Faculty Center, Room 108

Cosponsored by Illinois Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment.

October 14, 7:30 p.m. Central

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Revolution as History’s Emergency Brake!

Speaker: Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi (Near Eastern Studies Professor, Princeton University)

Location: Levis Faculty Center, Room 108

This talk will also be streamed live on HRI's YouTube channel.

October 27, 11:00 a.m. Central

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“Fanonian Foundations of Liberation Psychology and Social Justice Counseling” and “’Psychiatry has to be political’: Frantz Fanon’s Philosophy of History of Revolution.”

Speakers: Helen Neville (Educational Psychology and African American Studies) and Lou Turner (Urban and Regional Planning)

Location: Zoom. Link will be posted when available.

“Fanon After Fanon” Public Positions Series, presented by the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research