“Bearing Witness from Fresno’s Mason-Dixon Line”
During this pandemic–as alternative to our usual in-person weekend event–Interfaith Scholar Weekend invites you to join us for six weekly interfaith Zoom conversations. Together with persons of various faith traditions, we will consider what it means to “Bear Witness” to Fresno’s history of racism and redlining. All sessions are free and will be recorded!
Time and Dates
We start each Zoom session at 4:00 pm on six consecutive Mondays from February 15 to March 22. All sessions are free! Registration on Eventbrite is required for each session You can attend one or six sessions. See our Master Schedule to find out which sessions you’d like to attend.
Opening Panel with Guest Scholars
Andrew Fiala, PhD, Director of The Ethics Center, Fresno State University
Date and Time
Monday, President’s Day, February 15, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm
Each of our three quest scholars has made an important contribution to the history of racism and redlining in Fresno—speaking from different vantage points, life experiences, narratives and scholarly pursuits and asking what it means to bear witness, and who gets to tell the story.
- Malik Simba, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History and Africana Studies, Fresno State University
- Nathan Hensley, PhD, Associate Professor of English, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
- Uziel Jimenez, Antiracist Educator, Co-founder of Fresno Ethnic Studies Coalition
“Bearing Witness with James Baldwin”
As part of our series, we also invite you to take a deep dive into Eddie S. Glaude Jr.’s book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own (2020). In four weekly, 60-minute Zoom sessions beginning on Monday, February 22 and ending March 15, we offer four moderated interfaith, heart-based conversations when representatives from four faith traditions, and their respondents engage Professor Glaude’s masterful reading of James Baldwin—his life, his times, his legacy!
Monday, March 22, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm
Our three guest scholars return for a powerful discussion with four interfaith speakers on lessons learned and the urgent questions we must ask in order to call forth a new America in our communities