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  • TUES. JULY 14 from 1 to 2 pm. Register for the webinar online.


    The Cultural Violence of White Supremacy: A discussion of images & monuments

    Dr. Geoff Ward:

    Geoff Ward is Professor of African and African-American Studies, Sociology and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. His scholarship examines the racial politics of social control and the pursuit of racial justice, historically and today, with a focus on the areas of racial violence, youth justice, and representation among legal authority. In addition to numerous research articles and essays, he is the author of The Black Child-Savers: Racial Democracy and Juvenile Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2012), an award-winning book on the rise, fall, and haunting remnants of Jim Crow juvenile justice. His current projects examine broader histories of racial violence, their legacies, and implications for repair. Committed to a public-facing academic practice, Ward combines traditional scholarly research and writing with creative and digital projects to support research and teaching, engage broader audiences, and facilitate the visibility, use and impact of this work. These projects include the Racial Violence Archive and Monumental Anti-Racism, which gather and share information about legacies of historical racial violence and anti-racist interventions on memorial landscapes. Ward is also a founding member of the Reparative Justice Coalition of St. Louis, a community-based organization working to commemorate histories of racist violence and to address their legacies in our region.

    Cheeaz Gormon:

    St. Louis native, Cheeraz Gormon is a cross-genre writer, multi-medium storyteller, and public speaker whose work spans across the art forms of poetry, essay writing, photography, film production, music, and advertising. She is a community-centered social entrepreneur and helping professionals devoted to the visibility, care, and healing of underserved and marginalized populations. Cheeraz, is founder and executive director of Sibling Support Network, an organization dedicated to supporting the needs of people who have lost blood-related or fictive kin siblings to violent crime, and is a member of the Reparative Justice Coalition of St. Louis, a community-based organization working to commemorate histories of racist violence and to address their legacies in our region.