Robertson School will host panel discussion on "Blackface, the scandal and the media"
Feb 18, 2019
Posted in: News
The Robertson School of Media and Culture will host a panel discussion, titled “Blackface, the scandal and the media: A discussion about racism in Virginia,” that will feature Richmond-area journalists and VCU faculty members.
The event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, at the University Student Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Ave. The event will be free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be given on a first-come basis.
“In the Robertson School we’re strongly committed to diversity and inclusion, and we are very excited and proud to welcome a distinguished panel to discuss this important and timely topic with the university and Richmond communities,” said Hong Cheng, Ph.D., professor and director of the Robertson School in the College of Humanities and Sciences.
Moderating the panel discussion will be Clarence Thomas, Ph.D., associate professor of broadcast journalism in the Robertson School. Montserrat Fuentes, Ph.D., dean of the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, will deliver opening remarks.
Panelists will include:
- Michael Paul Williams, columnist, Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Samantha Willis, writer and co-creator of the Unmasking Series in Richmond and Charlottesville
- Mechelle Hankerson, reporter, Virginia Mercury
- Jeff South, associate professor of journalism in the Robertson School and director of the VCU Capital News Service.
The event is part of the Robertson School’s ongoing speaker series. In January, author Emerson Brooking gave a talk on “The Weaponization of Social Media.” Next, Kristen Cavallo, CEO of the Martin Agency, will speak about “Female leadership in the age of #MeToo” on March 25 at 5 p.m. in the University Student Commons Theater.