University of Southern Indiana

Previous Speakers

Mandela Social Justice Commemoration Day 2018

Keynote Speaker: Tia Oso
Carter Hall
6 p.m., February 21, 2018

Tia Oso is a speaker, writer, and Community Engagement professional specializing in Social Change initiatives. A dynamic social justice leader, Ms. Oso has organized campaigns such as "Not in Our State" and "PHX For Trayvon" mobilizing thousands of advocates for various issues in the public interest. This "desert diva" was born and raised in Mesa, AZ and now resides in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Oso is sought after though leader on issues of social justice. 

In her role as National Organizer at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the nation's only Black-led immigrant rights organization, Tia leads African-American and Black immigrant communities in developing strategies for progresssive wins in racial justice and migrant rights. 


Tia Oso

Mandela Social Justice Commemoration Day 2016/17

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cornel West
Carter Hall
October 12, 2016

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written over 20 books and has edited 13. Though he is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, his most recent releases, Black Prophetic Fire and Radical King, were received with critical acclaim.


Evansville African American Museum Traveling Exhibits on Race and Civil Rights
2pm - 8pm October 12 in the Carter Hall Atrium.

Cracking the Code: The System of Racial Inequality

A Film and Discussion
11am - 1pm October 12 in UC 2217-2218

Here is the USI flyer.

Tim Wise
February 11, 2016

Tim Wise is among the nation’s most prominent anti-racist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.

Dr. Alex Lichtenstein
December 4, 2014

Dr. Lichtenstein's work centers on the intersection of labor history and the struggle for racial justice in societies shaped by white supremacy, particularly the U.S. South (1865-1954) and 20th-century South Africa. His first book, Twice the Work of Free Labor examines the role of convict leasing and chain gangs in the remaking of the American South in the half century after the Civil War. Subsequently, he has written extensively about race relations in the labor movement, interracial agrarian radicalism, early civil rights struggles, and the impact of anticommunism on the labor and civil rights movements, in both the US and South Africa. His most recent book, Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid, is based on a photography exhibited he curated at IU and in South Africa. 


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