Vol 3 Issue 5
September/October 2011


Ohio Board of Education Approves Kirwan Institute
School Diversity Policy Recommendations

On September 13, the Ohio Board of Education unanimously approved adoption of policy recommendations for Ohio School districts developed in conjunction with the Kirwan Institute.  The recommendations are designed to facilitate student diversity and reduce racial isolation within the parameters of the law. More...


Transforming Race 2012

Lynn Manning, award winning poet, playwright, and actor, will be performing a piece on race and disability at Transforming Race 2012. The performance will be open to all conference attendees AND INCLUDED IN YOUR REGISTRATION FEE. With nearly 50 sessions lined up, registration will open soon.  Pre-Conference workshops will also be available. Please watch for updates on our conference website!


Global Justice Program Receives Seed Grant Target Award

The Kirwan Institute Global Justice Program’s Food Justice Program was awarded a Seed Grant Target Award by Ohio State’s Food Innovation Center. The grant will be used to launch Kirwan’s Large Scale Land Acquisitions Mapping Project, which will examine the millions of hectares of arable land in Africa acquired by foreign investors since 2001. The project will explore: the plots of the lands being targeted; changes in land use; shifting legal regimes of land tenure, land investments, and incentives for foreign direct investment; the degree of transparency, accountability and community consultation; and the benefits and impacts of foreign land investments on specific communities and countries in terms of food security, social and ecological-biophysical impacts.

Kirwan Institute Senior Research Associate Elsadig Elsheikh and Graduate Research Associate Wendy Ake will be reviewing the project for the Food Innovations Seminar Series entitled “Can Africa Survive Land Deals?” on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 11:30 a.m., in 252 Campbell Hall.


Opportunity Communities Receives Grant from H.U.D. 

In collaboration with two other partner organizations, the Kirwan Institute Opportunity Communities program was recently awarded a $900,000 grant to serve as one of the primary technical assistance providers for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on equitable development for the national sustainable communities program.  Kirwan will be funded $285,000 over two years to train regional planners on social equity issues and will also assist with regional planning, opportunity mapping and civic engagement in a number of regions working on regional sustainability plans. This three-institution collaboration also includes PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California. Kirwan's Opportunity Communities program has been actively involved in assisting with HUD sustainability planning in several regions. In addition to this newly funded advisory work, Kirwan has been working in collaboration with The Ohio State University's City and Regional Planning program in the Knowlton School of Architecture to assist with sustainability planning along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is assisting the Puget Sound Regional Council in Seattle with conducting opportunity mapping to guide their regional plan.  



September 11 Issue of Race/Ethnicity Published

Field Notes from the September 11 Moment includes articles examining issues of race and ethnicity in the face of September 11 on the ten-year anniversary. Subscribe or order an individual article at http://inscribe.iupress.org/loi/rac


powell’s Book Slated for Publication

Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society, a book by john a. powell, has been accepted for publication by Indiana University Press. The book examines the conceptions of identity and race in our culture that impact perceptions of both the “self” and the “Other,” constraining relationships. Please watch future editions of this newsletter for further information on the book’s release date.   



International Poverty Solutions Collaborative 

The Kirwan Institute’s Global Justice Program will present The Poverty-Growth Nexus in Agriculture: The Food Crisis in African Countries at Building Solutions to Poverty - Methods and Metrics for Identifying Success Conference  on the OSU campus, Wednesday, October 19 - Friday, October 21. This paper identifies structural barriers to the poverty-growth mechanisms within the African agricultural sector and food system. These constraints point towards paths for inclusive growth strategies, highlighting the work of social movements working for greater social participation and articulating solutions to challenges that are at once land-based, environmental, agricultural, economic and political.


Stir - Exploring Collaborative Ways to Approach Big Issues

Wendy Ake and Elsadig Elsheikh, with Kirwan Institute's Global Justice Program, discussed Kirwan’s Food Justice Program at a panel discussion during the Stir Symposium on Saturday, October 8. As part of the Symposium's topic panel discussion. The Stir Symposium seeks to provide an opportunity to collaborate, think and discover new ways to approach big global issues. Participants from many disciplines brought their own expertise to the table to start collaboratively addressing problems and issues in new ways. See the other topics  discussed at Stir.


bell hooks Visit: Save the Date

This October, visiting distinguished professor, bell hooks, the internationally recognized author and scholar, will engage in two public dialogues at Ohio State. The first, Intersections I: Public Dialogue with Michelle Alexander, will take place on Tuesday, October 11, from 10:30-12:00 at Saxbe Auditorium. The second, Intersections II: Public Dialogue with Valerie Lee, will take place on Thursday, October 13 from 4:00-5:30 at the Hale Center. Both events are free and open to the public.


powell Featured Speaker at Fair Economy Summit

Professor john a. powell, Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, was a featured speaker at the Summit for a Fair Economy in Minnesota on September 10, 2011.

“We are in the midst of the most extreme corporate realignment in 100 years. We are not only experiencing corporate welfare, low taxes but also undue influence of our political systems and our lives. This movement threatens our democracy, our environment our civil and human rights.  This may be one of the greatest challenges facing our country in the 21st century.  But I believe we can rise to the challenge,” powell said.  [Video of entire speech available here].



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Race/Ethnicity accepting papers

Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts, is accepting papers for the following issues:

Volume 5 Number 3, Land Ownership and Tenure. Papers are due November 1, 2011.

Volume 6 Number 1, Race, Ethnicity, and Appalachia. Papers are due January 15, 2012.

More information is available at the WebsiteRace/Ethnicity is co-sponsored by Kirwan and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Ohio State, and published by Indiana University Press.

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