Part II: Are the racist ideas of today the same as the racist ideas of the past? - Tuesday, February 9 at 1:00 PM

Date: 02-09-2021

Time: 01:00 PM


Free virtual event; Tune in by visiting

Honors Social Justice Book Club and the Honors Student Leadership Board

This program encourages contemplation about issues of racial justice with an interdisciplinary perspective and to produce a more antiracist culture within the Fairfield community through the pursuit of knowledge regarding issues of racial justice. The two-part event features two panels of three professors from different academic disciplines. These panelists will first individually discuss the evolution of racist ideas within their respective fields of study, and then the moderator will foster an interdisciplinary discussion between the panelists. The event will conclude with an Audience-Panelist Question and Answer session.

The event will be moderated by Sophomore Honors student Pete Baron, the founder of the Honors Social Justice Book Club and an Executive Member of the Honors Student Leadership Board.

Panelists: Dr. Laura Nash, Dr. Michael Andreychik, Dr. Gwendoline Alphonso

Dr. Laura Nash

Laura Nash, PhD is the director of the Music Department at Fairfield University. Her early research focused on strategically implementing high-quality and integrated arts education and professional development programming in Bridgeport, Conn. She later shifted from regional to national scholarship with the research, design, and implementation of a National Endowment for the Humanities workshop on Duke Ellington. Through conversations with the teachers in these workshops, Dr. Nash expanded the scope of her research to the antecedents of hip-hop. After an NEH-funded Institute on hip-hop, Dr. Nash wrote a book, From Harlem to Hip-hop, which is under review at Yale University Press.

Dr. Michael Andreychik

Dr. Michael Andreychik is a social and personality psychologist with research and teaching interests in intergroup relations, implicit bias, the connection between empathy and helping behavior, and research methodology and practices. Dr. Andreychik’s scholarly work has appeared in some of the most prestigious journals in the field of social and personality psychology, and he is a decorated teacher. Since 2016, Dr. Andreychik has served as faculty liaison in Fairfield’s Center for Academic Excellence. Additionally, he currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Social Psychology and as an Executive Reviewer for the Collaborative Replication and Education Project, an initiative aimed at both educating undergraduates and improving the generalizability and reliability of the psychological literature by replicating highly cited studies in the field.

Dr. Gwendoline Alphonso

Dr. Gwendoline Alphonso is Associate Professor and Director of Pre-Law Advising, Fairfield University. She teaches in the Department of Politics and in the interdisciplinary programs of American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of Polarized Families, Polarized Parties: Contesting Values and Economics (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) and has published in multiple academic journals, including Studies in American Political Development, Polity, Journal of Policy History, and Perspectives in Politics. She is the recipient of the Walter Dean Burnham Best Dissertation Prize in Politics and History (2011) and the Ellis Hawley Prize for her article in the Journal of Policy History (2016). She holds two terminal degrees, in the fields of Political Science and Law: PhD in Government from Cornell University, and JSD (Doctor of Juridical Science) from Cornell Law School, in addition to a BCL (Bachelor of Civil Laws) degree from Oxford University, UK (Lincoln College) and a B.A.LLB (Hons) from National Law School of India University.

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