Lecture Series: Race and Responsibility

The Temple Sinai Social Action Committee presents a 5-part lecture series, beginning Tuesday January 19th. All lectures run from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on ZOOM.

A ZOOM link will be published on the home page and in the calendar prior to each event. Events will require a passcode for entry. Call the Temple Office (802-862-5125) for more information.



Tuesday, January 19th – Alan Steinweis (Dept. of History, UVM) Roots of Racism and Anti-Semitism in Europe

Alan E. Steinweis is Professor of History and Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at UVM. His books include Kristallnacht 1938 and Studying the Jew: Antisemitic Scholarship in Nazi Germany, the latter a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category.

Tuesday, February 23rd – Sherwood Smith (Center for Cultural Pluralism, UVM) White and Whiteness: History and Meanings for Today

Sherwood Smith is Director of the Center for Cultural Pluralism at UVM. He is also a Co-Founder & Partner of CQ Strategies, LLC, a collective of 5 partners providing training and consulting services on cultural competency, implicit bias, and organizational change.

Monday, March 15th – Kesha Ram (Senator, State of Vermont) Acting for Social Justice in Vermont: Challenges and Possibilities

Kesha Ram is a Vermont State Senator serving Chittenden County. She is the first woman of color and youngest woman to ever serve in the Senate. She currently works to build social equity and inclusion in non-profit organizations, businesses, school districts, and municipalities.

Wednesday, April 14th – Mark Levine (Dept. of Health, State of Vt.) Health Equity: Challenges in our State

Mark Levine has served as Vermont’s Commissioner of Health since March, 2017. Formerly a Professor of Medicine at UVM, where he was known as an excellent teacher and program innovator, he now leads the medical response to Covid-19 for our state.

Wednesday, May 5th – Stephanie Seguino (Dept of Economics, UVM) The Challenge of Reparations: Implications for Vermonters?

Stephanie Seguino is Professor of Economics at UVM. She is a member of the Vermont State Police’s Fair and Impartial Policing Committee, Burlington’s Police Commission and the State’s Racial Equity Advisory Panel. She has studied racial disparities in Vermont policing since 2012.

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