2017 Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies


14th Annual Ray Warren Symposium 
Legacy: Race and Remembrance

November 8-10, 2017  

Debates over the content of textbooks and the commemoration of past events reveal that powerful structures and actors still determine how we remember and imagine. At the same time, marginalized communities fight to reclaim their histories and ensure visibility in the face of erasure and forgetfulness, by calling upon institutions to grapple with white supremacist pasts, defending sacred spaces, and preserving cultural tradition and practice.

This year’s symposium explored questions of how we remember, create, and tell our individual and collective histories. In what ways do race and ethnicity shape how personal and national narratives are constructed? Who must reckon with memory, and who has the power to forget and manipulate it? What creative avenues are used to craft the stories we tell? How does the work of remembering serve as a form of resistance and enable us to imagine a more just future?

Thank you for joining us at the 14th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies and delving into these questions—examining the way we remember the past, reflecting on the stories we tell, and imagining a more equitable future. 

2017 co-chairs: Alexander Castanes ’18, Christen Cromer ’18, Gabriela Nakashima ’18, and
Michelle Waters  ’19