IARA Events

Throughout the year, IARA hosts and co-sponsors events focused on realizing institutions’ commitment to oppose racism and advance justice for all. Here, you can keep up to date with IARA’s upcoming events and access registration links. Sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss anything!

A conversation with Ava DuVernay: Resistance, storytelling, and film

  Join us for a conversation between Oscar-nominated filmmaker and screenwriter Ava DuVernay and Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad on April 24 at 7:00-8:00PM ET at the Harvard Kennedy School. DuVernay’s latest film ‘Origin’ is a powerful adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s book ‘Caste’, taking a broad look at underlying systems of social hierarchies. It draws connections […]

Art imitates nation: A conversation with Hank Willis Thomas, artist behind ‘The Embrace’

“Racism is the most successful advertising campaign of all time.” — Hank Willis Thomas The American national narrative relies on stories of overcoming a racial past — presenting a country continuously outwitting injustice. Integral to the successful adoption of this narrative is the hypervisible representation of Black people and culture in the public eye. Award-winning conceptual […]

Leveling the playing field: Sports and racial equity in the United States

In the United States, sports and patriotism go hand in hand. For decades, expressions of national pride have been common at sporting events — starting with national anthem renditions in 1918 and including military flyovers since 2001. Once considered a ‘politically neutral’ space, the sports industry is now a contested stage for American patriotism and […]

Gaining Ground: JFK Jr. Forum & film screening on Black land ownership


Black land ownership in the U.S. has dwindled to critically low numbers. In 1910, Black farmers owned more than 16 million acres of agricultural land (about 14%). Today, a staggering 90% of that land is no longer in Black hands. That amounts to an estimated loss of $326 billion denied to generations of Black Americans […]