Friday, June 14, 2024


6:00 - 8:00 PM


Featured Events
Racial Justice

WHAT: A keynote presentation by Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries of The Ohio State University and Teaching Hard History podcast, followed by a panel conversation with leading voices in the struggle to integrate Black and Indigenous Studies.

WHEN: Friday, June 14, 2024 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE: Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland

Across the United States, communities are fighting over whether and how to teach Black and Indigenous studies in public schools. This week, leading civil rights historian Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries is coming to Maine to present Lessons in Hard History, a keynote talk addressing America’s preference for nostalgia over truth and the impact on our youth of the nation’s woefully inadequate commitment to teaching about slavery and its legacies.

A panel discussion following the keynote will feature leading voices in the struggle to integrate Wabanaki and African American studies into the K-12 curriculum in Maine, including Speaker Talbot Ross and representatives from the Maine Department of Education, the ACLU of Maine, and Portland Public Schools.


University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford Street
Portland, 04101 United States