Annual Phillip J. Bowman Lecture

The Bowman Lecture on Race, Ethnicity, and Public Policy is an annual lecture by a nationally recognized scholar of race, ethnicity, and public policy or a panel of scholars who provide timely analysis of issues of racial equity and justice that are critical to the field and to communities of color.  This lecture has been established to honor Phillip J. Bowman’s contributions to UIC during his tenure as Director of IRRPP and Professor of African American Studies.

Bowman Lectures are free and open to the public.

This Year’s Lecture

Poster for 2020-2021 Bowman Lecture

Vijay Prashad: You Can’t Know the World Unless You’re Trying to Change It

In the U.S., the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd reignited racial justice and abolitionist movements that have been met with state repression. Across the globe, movements to occupy land from South Africa to Brazil and movements to end military occupations from Palestine to Crimea face uncertain futures.

The 2020-2021 Bowman Lecture speaker was Dr. Vijay Prashad who will address the possibilities of social and economic transformation and how researchers can work in consultation with social movements during these times of global upheaval and social change.

Dr. Prashad is an historian, public intellectual, author of 30 books, and founder and executive director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, a movement-driven research institute committed to promoting social and economic transformation based in Buenos Aires, Johanesburg, New Delhi, and São Paulo.

The event will include an introduction by graduate students Ash Stephens (Criminology, Law and Justice) and Themal Ellawala (Anthropology) who have been organizing an Abolition campaign along with others at UIC. After Dr. Prashad’s talk, Dr. Elizabeth Todd-Breland (History) will provide remarks as a discussant.

This free event was geared towards scholars, students, local communities and activists.

2020 Annual Phillip J. Bowman Lecture Video

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