Group photo from Event Celebrating the renaming of the Jones Center

The Jones Center regularly hosts provocative and informative events throughout the academic year.

2021 Inaugural Morelli Colloquy

“Belonging and Difference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives”
April 8, 2021

Invited speakers in law, the humanities, and social sciences discussed their work on a wide array of topics including: immigration; policing; Indigenous law and policy; the history of the queer, Black, Migrant, and Refugee Movements of the 1980s Netherlands and their relevance to the present day; scientific racism; and colonialism. Asking each of the speakers to frame these issues in terms of belonging and difference, these interdisciplinary conversations opened up new ways of thinking about how to address issues of trenchant inequality and inequity. 

The Colloquy opened with a keynote “conversation”—to establish an ethos of talking with instead of talking at others—between historian Dr. Tiffany N. Florvil and Professor of Law Natsu Taylor Saito. Two panels followed, each made up of a mix of law and humanities, and social science scholars. At the end of the day, Dr. Rucker-Chang, Professor Emily Houh, and Professor Kristin Kalsem bookended the program with a summary conversation that included discussion of possible next steps.

The Colloquy was presented by the Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, in collaboration with the European Studies Program in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Arts and Sciences Department of German Studies.

Video Part 1: Welcome, Opening Keynote Conversation, and Panel 1

Video Part 2: Panel 2 and Closing Conversation

Coming Soon: PDF of Event Program

100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment

Read Social Justice Fellow Janelle Thompson’s (’22) winning essay on the 19th amendment in the March/April 2020 issue of the CBA Report.

For detailed historical information on the 19th Amendment and other movements for voting rights, from an intersectional perspective, see the following class session prepared by students in Dr. Kalsem’s Feminist Jurisprudence course. Student Filmmakers: Alexa Edwards, Claire Cooperrider, Helen Dietsch, and Mackenzie Stenroos.

The 19th Amendment panel discussion, held in October 2020, featured Stephanie J. Jones, President, The Call to Justice Foundation, and Dr. Nikki M. Taylor, Professor of History and Department Chair, Howard University. The panelists shared their combined expertise in the areas of African American and Women’s history and in civic, community, and political engagement, before participating in a Q&A session with attendees.

Highlights: Past Events

Private Violence: An HBO Doc: Through the Center, Cincinnati was one of the “engagement cities” screening this award winning film about intimate partner violence. At a summit with community stakeholders, the film was the catalyst for discussions about how to address domestic violence in Cincinnati. A subsequent screening at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center generated volunteers to work on specific projects targeting this problem. Director Cynthia Hill, film subject Kit Gruelle, and Associate Producer and UC Alum Un Kyong Ho participated in both.

Racial Justice Breakfast with Bryan Stevenson: Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson spoke to the practical ways in which lawyers and laypeople alike can further social justice. The Jones Center partnered with the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati to make this special event widely available.

The New Jim Crow: Law professor Michelle Alexander delivered a powerful address based on her influential 2010 book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness. Professor Alexander challenged harsh war-on-drug policies that have disproportionately affected communities of color, thereby creating new forms of discrimination.

Should Good People Become Prosecutors?: Georgetown Law Professor and renowned scholar Paul Butler and Mark Piepmeier, Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Hamilton County, tackled the role of prosecutors in the criminal justice system, including whether prosecutors legitimize a broken system.

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