A June 15th conversation about race

Thursday June 17 at 11:00 a.m.

Virtual event

Juneteenth is the oldest celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. But the fight against institutionalized racism continues today. Join USC experts to discuss voting rights, criminal justice reform, and the ongoing struggle for freedom and justice for all.


Jody David armor. Jody Armor is Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at USC. Armor’s expertise ranges from personal injury claims to claims regarding the relationship between racial justice, criminal justice and the rule of law. He studies the intersection of race and legal decision-making as well as tort and tort reform movements. Armor teaches students a wide range of subjects including criminal law, crime, and stereotypes and prejudices: the role of the cognitive unconscious in the rule of law.

Alaina Morgan. Alaina Morgan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at USC. A historian of the African diaspora, Professor Morgan’s research focuses on the historical utility of religion, particularly Islam, in the racial and anti-colonial liberation movements of the Atlantic world from the mid to late 20th century. Morgan lectures on the history of the African-American and African diaspora; Islam in the Americas; race and ethnicity in America; mass incarceration, discipline and racialized punishment; black intellectual history; and black international movements.

Christian Grose. Christian Grose is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at USC. He is the Academic Director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, where he led a team that administered the USC Schwarzenegger Institute’s Non-Partisan Democracy Grants to local election administrators to open new polling stations; and he is now looking for the best way to improve voter access and voting rights based on this community-engaged work.

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