Anti-Black Racism in the U.S. and Building a Unified Society, #2, 3

Social Transformation
9 weeks
Weekly Study
Jun 24-Aug 25
Register By
July 1, 2021
Fee: $73:50 for first-time students; $63/person for study groups; $50/person for US Baha'i Institutions
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Note: Registration is closed for our February (#1) cohort, because the course has reached capacity. If you have started a study group registration and need to add more members, please contact the Registrar: You may of course register in advance for a future iteration of the course.

This course will examine anti-Black racism and racial prejudice in North American society in some of its most serious manifestations, explore the content and significance of relevant Bahá'í authoritative texts, and consider how Bahá'ís can initiate meaningful conversations and public discourse in a variety of contexts. It will begin with an exploration of definitions of race, racism, and prejudice. It will then turn to such subjects as understanding colonialism and slavery; the prison/industrial complex; Black Lives Matter and policing issues; white privilege and bias/stereotyping; housing and education segregation; violence against black women; Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement; and "one human family"—the experience of the Bahá'í community.

Note: This course features weekly Zoom sessions on Sundays at 4:00 pm Eastern Time (1 pm Pacific, 2 pm Mountain Standard Time), starting the first weekend of the course.

Faculty: Faculty listings for June and subsequent iterations of this course may vary.

Meet Your Faculty
Jeanais Brodie, MA

I am a native New Yorker, raised in Bedford–Stuyvesant, (a.k.a. Bed–Stuy) Brooklyn and the South Bronx. I have lived a significant number of years in New England and various parts of California. My undergraduate degree focused on Ed Philosophy & Theory, and Multicultural Education. Graduate studies were in Public Administration and... See Faculty Bio

Carol Mansour, BA

Carol Mansour learned about the Bahá’í Faith while working as a reporter and anchor in local television news. Having grown up in a Pentecostal congregation that was all Black, she was intrigued that a religion considered the elimination of racial prejudice as a spiritual imperative.  She has taken to heart... See Faculty Bio

Elizabeth (Liz) Allen, PhD Candidate
Educator, Motherscholar

I was born and largely raised in Port-Gentil Gabon and attended middle school at New Era High School in Panchgani India. I have a Bachelor’s in Mathematics Education, Master’s in Special Education and have taught in higher education (KU and UNC-CH) and in various K-12 settings, my last being the... See Faculty Bio

Eleanor Mitten, MTS
Educator, Environmental Artist

I believe peace is an inherent human right and justice is the central organizing principle of a society based on the oneness of humanity. I’ve long been interested in processes and elements involved in the building of civilizations, both ancient—which are the world’s collective inheritance—and modern, to which we can... See Faculty Bio

Nicola Daniels, MSc
WI Registrar & Student Services Specialist

I was born in Kingston, Jamaica. My interest in music, theatre, and the literary arts led me to abandon my academic degrees and a career in the Forensic Sciences, to take up a position with the British Council Caribbean as Arts & Education Officer. I worked for several years as... See Faculty Bio

Chitra Golestani, PhD
WI Associate Director, Faculty, Institute for Humane Education

Dr. Chitra Golestani is a faculty member at Valparaiso University and the Institute for Humane Education in a hybrid Master of Education program. She is a co-founder of the Paulo Freire Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she is a research associate and lecturer. Dr. Golestani... See Faculty Bio

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