It's More Than Skin Deep - Skin Color & Its Impact on Children

This symposium explores how our collective history as well as societal and parental influence have impacted children's perceptions of themselves and others based solely on skin color. It also examines how these perceptions affect children's well-being and future roles in our changing society. This virtual panel discussion with Q&A will take place Sept 12, 19, and Oct 3, 2020, from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM.  It will engage parents, teachers, community, and youth in an honest and meaningful dialogue about colorism, which is defined as differential treatment based on lightness or darkness of skin color.

PANELISTS: Dr. Kabria Baumgartner is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of New Hampshire. She is a scholar of African American literature and culture in the long 19th century.

Dr. John Frederick Bell is an assistant professor of History. A historian of U.S. education, he earned his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.

Dr. Aria S. Halliday is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and program in African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. She specializes in the study of cultural constructions of black girlhood and womanhood in material, visual, and digital culture in the late 20th and 21st centuries.

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