The Cal State San Bernardino College of Arts and Letters CAL Talk series returned with "Structural Racism, Civil Disobedience, and the Road to Racial Justice in the Age of COVID-19," recorded live in Zoom on June 16. The full 90-minute session is now available on the college's YouTube channel.

Faculty panelists shared their personal and professional experiences while discussing what they can do to help students navigate this critical moment for racial equality and social justice in America.

Facilitated by Shafiq Rahman, chair of the Department of Communication Studies, the panel included:

  • Ed Gomez, art and design;
  • Larry Hygh, Liliana Conlisk-Gallegos and Ahlam Muhtaseb, communication studies;
  • Rong Chen, English;
  • Nicholas Bratcher, music;
  • Eric Bayruns Garcia, philosophy;
  • Kristi Papailler, theatre arts; and
  • Estaban Cordoba and Oraib Mango, world languages and literatures.

The June 16 program was the latest in a series CSUSB has held to discuss race, racism and police brutality, and share possible solutions, in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man, while he was in the custody of four Minneapolis, Minn., police officers.

The third presentation of the Conversations on Race and Policing series is scheduled for 4 p.m. June 17 on Zoom.

Two previous forums, “Race and Policing, A Panel Presentation and CSUSB Campus Conversation” on June 3 and “Conversations on Race and Policing (2), CSUSB Panel Presentation and Discussion” on June 10 can be viewed on YouTube. The university’s June 9 memorial for Floyd also focused on the Black Lives Matter movement.