Is the University Colonial?: Critical Conversations on Its Past, Present & Future

In this three-part series, the University of Connecticut's Office of Global Affairs and University of Nottingham’s Institute for Policy and Engagement will be hosting three online panel discussions, each with a focus on decolonizing education. Speakers will examine the role that universities have had in cultivating racism and (settler) colonialism, the present challenges they face in disbanding unequal and oppressive narratives, as well as the future opportunities to contribute meaningfully to an anti-racist and anti-colonial agenda.

Is the University Colonial?: Critical Conversations on Its Present

Monday, November 30, 2020
12:00 p.m. EST (UConn) / 5:00 p.m. GMT (Nottingham)

This virtual event is free and open to the public.
Join the Microsoft Teams Live event here.

This second session will consider the present with experts debating the current role of a university in cultivating inequalities.  The panelists will each have 10 minutes to provide remarks, followed by 45 minute Q&A discussion. Join the conversation on twitter @UConnGlobal and @UoN_Institute use #decolonizingtheuniversity / #decolonisingtheuniversity.

In preparation for the discussion, we invite attendees to review the videos, articles, podcasts, books, and websites listed under the Resources tab.

Remarks by:

Profile - Leslie Ayoola

Councillor Leslie Ayoola
Nottingham City Council

Twitter: @LeslieAyoola


Gina Higginbottom

Gina Higginbottom, Ph.D., MBE
Emeritus Professor Ethnicity & Health
University of Nottingham

Twitter: @GinaAwokoH

Dana Francisco Miranda, Ph.D.
Affiliate Research Scholar
University of Connecticut

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
University of Massachusetts-Boston

Twitter: @DanaFMiranda

H. Kenny Nienhusser, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Higher Education & Student Affairs Program
University of Connecticut

(Session Chair)

Twitter: @kennynien

Mark Overmeyer Velazquez

Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, Ph.D.
Professor, History and Latinx Studies
Campus Director, UConn Hartford

University of Connecticut

Twitter: @mark_velazq

Onyeka Nubia, Ph.D.
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Teaching at University of Nottingham

Visiting Research Fellow
Edge Hill University and
University of Huddersfield