Conversations on Mental Health, Race, and Society

January 15–April 9, 2015
UC Irvine School of Law

This dialogue series sponsored by the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy examines the intersections of law, race, society, and mental health through the use of dialogue and documentary.

The series provides a forum for thinking about the emotional, psychological, and mental health dimensions of social violence and discrimination. For example, does social violence impact mental health and well-being? How do we understand trauma and homophobia, racism, sexism, or religious bigotry as potentially linked? These provocative dialogues provide a nuanced platform to explore how discrimination may impact not only the psychological health and well-being of those directly harmed by it, but also the broader society.

The dialogue series examines legal cases as a platform for the discussions. The series is moderated by Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Professor of Public Health and Gender & Women's Studies.

Spring 2015 Schedule

  • The Murder of Emmett Till

    Thursday, January 15, 2015
    11:55 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
    EDU 1121 (Moot Courtroom at UCI Law)

    This discussion will address issues of Social and Political Violence

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  • Out in the Night

    Thursday, January 22, 2015
    5:00 p.m.
    UCI Humanities Gateway 1070, McCormick Screening Room

    This discussion will shine a light on the ongoing LGBT civil rights struggle. Renata Hill and Terrain Dandridge, two of the defendants in the case, will be present for Q & A after the film screening. Event flier (PDF)
    Sponsored by the UCI Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies

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  • Race-The Power of An Illusion: The House We Live In

    Thursday, February 19, 2015
    11:55 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

    This discussion will focus on White Flight and The Wage of Poverty: Economic Discrimination in The 20th Century

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  • Eyes on the Prize—Mississippi: Is This America? 1963-1964

    Friday, February 20, 2015
    12:00–1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

    This screening and special lecture is themed Resurrecting Jim Crow: Power, Racism and The American Road. Dr. Fon Louise Gordon, Associate Professor of History at University of Central Florida,examines the “road” deaths of civil rights workers Viola Liuzzo, Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman to consider the role of the automobile and automobility as tools of racial and psychological violence during the U.S. Civil Rights movement.

    Dr. Gordon places the deaths of civil rights workers in context with the parade of automobiles that frequently attended lynchings decades prior, to unpack the ways in which technology—in this case, the automobile—facilitated terrorizing and torture on the American open road. Dr. Gordon and Prof. Goodwin will consider whether and how that profound legacy currently impacts how people of color encounter the open road and “Driving While Black.”

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  • The 16 Year Old Killer: Cyntoia's Story

    Thursday, March 26, 2015
    11:55 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

    Sexual Violence Against Women And Girls will be the focus of this discussion.

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  • Eyes on The Prize: Southern School Desegregation (1957-1962)

    Thursday, April 9, 2015
    11:55 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

    This discussion will address Affirmative Action Backlash in Historical Context: Integration and the New Divide

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