April 14 | 4:00 p.m. ET
The American Society for Public Administration is honored to announce that Ibram X. Kendi will engage in a moderated discussion about antiracism during the 2021 ASPA Annual Conference. Join us for this timely and critical dialogue on Wednesday, April 14 starting at 4 p.m. ET.
Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic
and a CBS News racial justice contributor. Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
Professor Kendi is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest ever winner of that award. He also authored three #1 New York Times
bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby
, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His newest books are Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action
; and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America
, co-edited with Keisha Blain. In 2020, Time
magazine named Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
We look forward to engaging in this critical discussion.
Meet Our Moderator:
Susan T. Gooden, dean and professor at The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University, will moderate this discussion. She is an internationally recognized expert on social equity. Gooden is an ASPA past president and a NAPA fellow. She is Vice President of the Network of Associated Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and will begin her presidential term in October 2021. Her books include Global Equity in Administration
(2020, Routledge); Why Research Methods Matter
(2018, Melvin and Leigh); Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government
(2014, Routledge); and Cultural Competency for Public Administrators
(2012, Routledge). Her research has been funded by several organizations including the Russell Sage Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, MDRC, and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.
Gooden has received several awards and honors including: a Fulbright Specialist Award to Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; the VCU University Distinguished Faculty Service Award; the Best Academic Paper Award presented by the Northeast Conference on Public Administration; the Jewel Prestage Pioneer Award presented by the Conference of Minority Public Administrators; the Joan Fiss Bishop Leadership Award presented by the American Society for Public Administration; and the Herbert Simon Best Book Award presented by the American Political Science Association.
Gooden was appointed to the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, the accrediting arm of the Network of Associated Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration and served previously as an elected member of the national policy council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. In 2016, she was appointed to the Virginia Community College System board by Governor Terence McAuliffe. Most recently she has been appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to the Virginia Retirement System Board. Gooden earned an A.S. in Natural Science from Patrick Henry Community College, a B.A. in English from Virginia Tech, and an M.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech. She received her doctorate from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Following Gooden's discussion with Professor Kendi, she will be joined by panelists David Van Slyke (Syracuse University) and Brandi Blessett (University of Cincinnati) to further discuss antiracism in public administration. Make sure you are in the room to hear this excellent—and necessary—discussion.