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Wednesday, May 12 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
2 PM ET: Reimagining the Power of Higher Education to Shape Cultural Race Narratives

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Nelson Mandela declared education to be “the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” He realized education's potential to enhance individual opportunities to acquire knowledge, wealth, and the ability to participate fully in society. Colleges and universities have long fulfilled their role of supporting this type of personal empowerment. Yet the broader impact of personal power is the shaping of social hierarchies. In writing about the function of colleges in the colonial era, John R. Thelin, higher education historian, observed: "Clearly, a main purpose of the colleges was to identify and ratify a colonial elite. The college was a conservative institution that was essential to transmitting a relatively fixed social order."
Higher education institutions continue to impact personal power in ways that impact America’s social order. But what of Mandela’s imagining higher education as a vehicle for world change? Dare we imagine or expect higher education to deliver such an outcome, for whom, and how? If higher education once supported the elite, can it balance those social scales, and should it? Like higher education, the cultural sectors of art and entertainment also hold tremendous power to influence social systems, specifically to shape narratives about racialized groups and where they fit in society. This qualitative research explores the power of higher education to serve as change agent through challenging cultural narratives on race advanced by the cultural sector. This study is in the conceptual phase of defining the analysis.

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avatar for Cheryl Carr, Belmont University, Associate Dean & Associate Professor

Cheryl Carr, Belmont University, Associate Dean & Associate Professor

Cheryl Slay Carr, J.D., Belmont University, is Associate Dean of the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business. She facilitates journeys in arts and entertainment through administration, authorship, advocacy, discourse (as a speaker and vocalist) and education. She is author... Read More →

Wednesday May 12, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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