Campus conversation on demonstration and arrests

February 20, 2013

From:  Michael Dawson, Doriane Miller, and Deborah Nelson

Dear all,

We invite you to join us on Thursday, February 28, 2013, for a conversation to begin to explore issues surrounding last month’s demonstration and resulting arrests at the University of Chicago Medicine's Center for Care and Discovery.

This conversation will take place at the Swift Hall Third Floor Lecture Hall from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Light snacks and liquid refreshments will be provided.

We hope to open a wide-ranging discussion on the impact of the demonstration from our individual areas of focus: the perspectives of race studies, community relations, and graduate education, as well as from perspectives we gather from those interested in commenting and participating in this dialogue. To help promote this discussion, we have created a special mailbox to collect your thoughts and concerns: campusconversation@uchicago.edu. We will study these comments prior to the conversation on February 28 and use them to shape our discussion.

We will also invite as many members as possible of the University community who are engaged with this issue in their official capacities. This will ensure that many of your specific concerns may be heard and addressed by those directly responsible.

Thank you for your commitment to this complex matter, we are all looking forward to making some progress in understanding these issues that deeply affect us all.

Michael Dawson
John D. MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science
Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture

Dr. Doriane Miller
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of the Center for Community Health and Vitality

Deborah Nelson
Associate Professor of English Language & Literature
Deputy Provost for Graduate Education