Critical Diversity Studies Forum

In 2011, the College of Arts & Sciences’ Dean’s Office convened the first Critical Diversity Studies Forum, centered on the critical examination of the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and justice in the United States. This annual university-wide event incorporates academic scholarship and social justice practices by bringing together artists, activists, scholars, and community leaders to engage in dialogue with the USF community. Over the years, Forum topics have included coalition building, fulfilling dreams of equality and freedom, displacement, nonviolent activism, collective leadership, representation, voice, and power. In 2014, the Forum achieved a milestone: the formation of the Critical Diversity Studies major that exemplifies the mission and values of the university.

11th Annual Critical Diversity Studies Forum

“Moving Toward Radical Imagination” with adrienne maree brown
Thursday, September 30, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST, Online Webinar

The time has come for us to reimagine everything.


We are in a time of transition and emergence. As a nation, we are reckoning with historical and systemic violences and the failure of our systems, and we are also witnessing the emergence of powerful and transformative solidarities. Our futures will be determined by the choices we make today, and we have the power to reimagine futures that are more just, loving, and life-giving than any that we have witnessed in our histories. We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker for this year’s forum: adrienne maree brown, a writer and currently the writer-in-residence at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute.

In this year’s CDS Forum, we will examine the role of radical imagination. We will ask: In what directions do we want to grow: as individuals, communities, and a nation? How can we allow those most impacted by violence to lead us? How can we reimagine and construct new systems, practices, and relations that are rooted in collective care, accountability, justice, and joy?

Please plan to join us for this extraordinary conversation.


adrienne maree brown is the writer-in-residence at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, and author of Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation, We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office. She is the cohost of the How to Survive the End of the World, Octavia’s Parables and Emergent Strategy podcasts. adrienne is rooted in Detroit.

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