Necessary Voices begins Sept. 14 with “Confronting Charlottesville: An Examination of Race in America”

Necessary Voices begins Sept. 14 with “Confronting Charlottesville: An Examination of Race in America”

Necessary Voices, University of Bridgeport’s dynamic series on arts and ideas, begins its 2017-2018 season on Thursday, September 14 at 4:30 p.m. with “Confronting Charlottesville: An Examination of Race in America,” presented by Dr. Afrah Richmond.

The event will be held in room 103, Mandeville Hall, 230 Park Avenue, Bridgeport.

It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Richmond, an expert on social policy, diversity, and civil rights, is an assistant professor of Social Studies at University of Bridgeport (UB) School of Education.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard and a Ph.D. in History of Education from NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Her most recent book, The Pedagogy of Race, on black student activism at Harvard, is being released in 2018 by Wiley Books. Her essays and research have appeared in Time magazine.

Dr. Richmond is a member of the Board of Trustees at Collegiate Academy for Mathematics and Personal Awareness in Brooklyn, NY. She also serves as a consultant at Harlem Children’s Zone, the widely regarded nonprofit that has successfully broken cycles of inter-generational poverty, reduced teenage incarceration and pregnancy rates, and combated other persistent social ills. Previously, she served as director of NYU Science Technology Entry Project.

“Dr. Richmond’s presentation offers us an opportunity to consider the ethical, political, and historical implications of the tragic incidents in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12. Besides her work at UB, she has written and spoken on the history of the Civil Rights movement and black student activism, and is widely regarded for her valuable scholarship on pressing social issues,” said Diane Krumrey, associate professor of English at UB and the curator of its Necessary Voices series.

The 2017-2018 Necessary Voices season continues with:

“Rethinking the Monster in Modern Literary Adaptions,” presented by Aaron Perkus, Deputy Provost, University of Bridgeport
October 19, 4:30 p.m.
Mandeville Hall, 230 Park Avenue, Bridgeport

“Impractical Labor in the Service of the Speculative Arts,” presented by Emily Larned, Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design
November 9, 4:30 p.m.
Schelfhaudt Gallery at the Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport

About Necessary Voices: Since its inception in 2010, Necessary Voices has sponsored writers, poets, filmmakers, and commentators to spark discussion about writing, popular culture, history, and other fields that shape our world. The series is hosted by UB Department of English. Past speakers have included:

• Connecticut poet laureates Dick Allen and Marilyn Nelson
• Authors Eric D. Lehman, Steve Kemper, and Anne Farrow
• Historian and bestselling author Christopher Collier
• Critics Wendy Harding and Wilson Kimnach

All events are open to the public.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625,