Stonehill College Announces James E. Hayden Chair

Dr. Stanley Thangaraj will lead the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice.  

About the Center

Sponsoring the Hayden Lecture Series, faculty-student research collaborations, readings, performances, and co-curricular events, the Center serves as an interdisciplinary hub that bridges academic experiences and student life. The Center supports faculty and student research that examines how race, ethnicity, and other categories of difference are infused in structures of power. A new major and minor, as well as new general education courses, will integrate the study of race and ethnicity more fully into the curriculum. The Center is located in Room 100 of the Martin Institute for Law and Society.

The Center was conceived by a team of faculty and staff from across the disciplines who offered the proposal as part of the Bold Ideas for Academic Innovation and Excellence initiative. Animated by the desire to diversify Stonehill’s course offerings, to increase retention of students and faculty of color, and to promote a sense of belonging for everyone on campus, the project team envisioned an interdisciplinary Center that could impact every student and bring transformative culture change to the College through academic innovation and co-curricular events. The goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to Stonehill's Catholic identity and inseparable from its commitment to academic excellence. 

James E. Hayden Chair for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice

A transformative $2 million gift from Elizabeth Hayden ’76 and her children, Elizabeth and John, allowed the team’s vision to come to fruition with the endowment of the James E. Hayden Chair for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice. Hayden ’76 was tragically killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack that destroyed United Airlines Flight 175. With this gift, the family honors Hayden’s legacy by supporting efforts to understand the roots of racial inequity and by promoting collaborative work toward the creation of compassion, justice, and social change.

Nadia E. Brown, professor of Government at Georgetown University, presented on "The The Politics of Black Women's Appearance." This lecture discussed how the politics of appearance shape Black women’s political ambitions, opportunities and access to political office in the United States.

Past Speakers

  • April 2022: Dorceta Taylor

    Dorceta Taylor presented on "Untold Stories of American Conservation: Privilege and Social Inequality." A professor at the Yale School of Environment and prominent environmental justice scholar, Taylor has received awards from the National Audubon Society, National Science Foundation, and Smithsonian Institution.

  • April 2022: Pamela Karimi

    Pamela Karimi presented on "Art and Spatial Politics." She is an architect and an architectural historian. Her primary field of specialization is art, architecture and visual culture of the modern Middle East.

  • March 2022: Nadia Brown

    Nadia Brown presented on "The The Politics of Black Women's Appearance." Dr. Brown is a professor of Government, chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and affiliate in the African American Studies program at Georgetown University. This lecture explored how the politics of appearance shape Black women’s political ambitions, opportunities and access to political office in the United States. 

  • December 2021: Janet Mancini Billson

    Janet Mancini Billson presented on "The Global Refugee Crisis: Can a Broken System be Fixed?" Dr. Billson is a Killam Visiting Professor at Bridgewater State University and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Rhode Island College. She is also the author of several books on identity, marginality, refugee resettlement and integration, and social change.

  • November 2021: Khary Polk

    Khary Polk presented on "For Race or Country? Double Consciousness and the Life of Col. Charles Young." Dr. Polk is an associate professor of Black Studies and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College. This lecture explored the theme of double consciousness in the life and work of Charles Young, the third African American officer to graduate from West Point, and the first to reach the rank of colonel.

  • November 2021: Ross Gay

    The 2021 Chet Raymo Literary Series welcomed author Ross Gay. He is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Be Holding, was released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020.

  • October 2021: Karam Dana

    Karam Dana presented on "Between Orientalism and Racialization: The Ongoing Exclusion of Arabs and Muslims in the US." Dr. Dana is the Alyson McGregor Distinguished Professor of Excellence and Transformative Research and Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. He is also the founding Director of the “American Muslim Research Institute.”

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The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice launched in fall 2021 as a new home for innovative and interdisciplinary teaching, research, and public dialogue at Stonehill College.