Black Lives Matter Interdisciplinary Course

Black Lives Matter


In Spring of 2018, the School of Law will be convening an interdisciplinary course called “Race, Class, and Power: University Course on the #BlackLivesMatter Movement.”

The course will engage the multiple lenses through which the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and racial justice in the United States might be explored, including policing and criminal justice, comparative inquiry regarding race and identity, theories of social movements, education reform, cognitive psychology, healthcare and medicine, education and child welfare, incarceration and public health, literature and artistic expression, law and legal reform, environmental justice, and more. 

Course Information

Law 569A - School of Law, SOC-693 - Sociology Department, ECS-672  -Eco Science and Policy, SOC-491 - Sociology Department, EPS-587 – School of Ed, TAL-790 - School of Ed, EPH-684 - Department of Public Health, ECS-372 - Eco Science and Policy, ENG-395 - Department of English
​Spring 2018
Thursdays, 3:30 PM – 6:20 PM

Course Schedule: Dates, Topics and Participating Faculty

January 18

What is Identity?, Osamudia James
Generations of Captivity, Scott Heerman

January 25

BLM Domestic and Abroad, Donnette Francis
Does God Matter?, Michelle Maldonado

February 1

Psychological and Brain Mechanism Regarding Race, Elizabeth Losin
Interstitial Space and Perceptions of Black Community, Germane Barnes

February 8

The Color of Money, Mehrsa Baradaran

February 15

Black Lives and American Federalism: Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones, Charlton Copeland

February 22

1st Amendment/2nd Amendment Fundamentalism, Mary Anne Franks

March 1

Policing the Police, Donald Papy
RoboPolicing, Michael Froomkin

March 8

Criminal Justice in Miami Dade, Nick Peterson & Marisa Omori
Women of Color in the Criminal Justice System, Caroline Bettinger-Lopez

March 22

Child Welfare, Kele Stewart
Linguistics, Arlene Clachar

March 29

Medicine and Healthcare, Roy Weiss

April 5

Race, incarceration, and Public Health, Kathryn Nowotny

April 12

Environmental Racism, Meryl Shriver-Rice & Kenny Broad

April 19

Trademarking Trayvon, Dorothy Hindman
BLM in the Mediasphere, Sallie Hughes & Kathleen Leopold

Participating UM Schools/UM Departments/Local Organizations

School of Law
Rosenstiel School of Atmospheric Science
Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Religious Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences
UM Miller School of Medicine
Department of Teaching and Learning, School of Education & Human Development
Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, School of Education & Human Development 
School of Communication
Frost School of Music

Contact Information

Professor Osamudia James
University of Miami School of Law
Phone: (305)284-5837