One of the goals of the Mir­ror of Race project is to pro­mote dis­cus­sion of the his­to­ry and the future of race in the Unit­ed States. We believe that the pho­tographs in the Mir­ror of Race col­lec­tion have the poten­tial to engen­der con­struc­tive dia­logue.

For this rea­son, two of the founders of the Mir­ror of Race project, Derek Bur­rows, a musi­cian and sto­ry­teller, and Gre­go­ry Fried, a pro­fes­sor at Suf­folk Uni­ver­si­ty, have giv­en com­bined lecture/performances to a vari­ety of audi­ences, both aca­d­e­m­ic and non-aca­d­e­m­ic, some­times com­bin­ing these with fac­ul­ty work­shops and vis­its to class­es. We employ a com­bi­na­tion of lec­ture and spo­ken-word per­for­mances, along with pro­ject­ed images from the col­lec­tion, to chal­lenge audi­ences to reflect upon the mean­ing of race.

If you would like to book a lecture/performance, please also con­tact us at gfried@suffolk.edu.

We would also like to encour­age oth­er aca­d­e­mics, teach­ers, sto­ry­tellers, and per­form­ers to join this project. Lec­tur­ers and per­form­ers asso­ci­at­ed with the Mir­ror of Race project would use the pho­tographs and oth­er mate­ri­als from the site, as well as the teach­ing guides that we will be devel­op­ing, to design their own pre­sen­ta­tions.

If you are inter­est­ed in part­ner­ing with us, please con­tact us at gfried@suffolk.edu.

Please begin by telling us some­thing about your work and how you would envi­sion using the Mir­ror of Race.