UW Graduate School

Special Series: Critical Race Theory Trilogy

Critical Race Theory (CRT), first coined four decades ago, is an academic area of study that critiques how the social construction of race and institutionalized racism perpetuate a racial caste system that relegates people of color to the bottom tiers. And it is controversial. 
Over winter quarter 2022, the Office of Public Lectures hosted a three-speaker series with UW’s Angélica Cházaro, Megan Kennedy and Edwin Lindo, who are experts on this topic. Due to the controversial nature of the subject, and out of an abundance of caution, we decided to share this experience with a small, invited audience. And now we want to share these recorded talks with you. 

Angélica Cházaro, assistant professor of law, discusses the origins of Critical Race Theory (CRT), ideas that unify CRT, and applications of CRT in a 2022 Seattle context. Both her scholarship and advocacy focus on shrinking reliance on policing, punishment, and incarceration as a response to social problems. She has worked with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to represent immigrant survivors of violence and provide immigration legal services to farmworkers. Part 1 of 3 of the UW Public Lectures 2022 Critical Race Theory trilogy.
The dual and intertwined pandemics of racism and COVID-19 underscore the importance of building resilience as a community. While simultaneously coping with the trauma of systemic racism, communities are doubly affected by the global health crisis, suffering impacts to their physical, mental and financial well-being. Megan Kennedy, director of the UW Resilience Lab, will draw ideas from two of the lab’s current initiatives to highlight how resilience is a community project. Part 2 of 3 of UW Public Lectures 2022 Critical Race Theory trilogy.
Associate Teaching Professor Edwin Lindo’s research and scholarship has focused on the history of racialized medicine, race and racism within medicine, social justice and social movements, and decolonized pedagogies for critical education. He brings the interdisciplinary study of Critical Race Theory, Lat Crit, and others to Medicine and Law so we can better learn how racism detrimentally affects our health, our learning, our teaching, and justice. Part 3 of 3 of UW Public Lectures 2022 Critical Race Theory trilogy.