The Cincinnati Project holds an annual symposium in order to present research and findings, connect with partners and educators in the local community, and invite a keynote speaker to engage the audience in relevant discussion. Our inaugural symposium was held November of 2014. We invited Dr. Japonica Brown-Saracino, a sociologist from Boston University, to speak on gentrification and social preservation. Our second symposium was held in February, 2016. We invited Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a sociologist from Duke University, to discuss racism in historically white colleges and universities. In 2017, we were pleased to have Dr. Patricia Hill Collins join us as the keynote speaker. You can read more about that meeting below.


Friday, February 16, 2018, 
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
 at the African American Cultural & Resource Center (AACRC)


We are pleased that Yvette Simpson will join us for the 2018 Symposium. In addition to Ms. Simpson’s address, we look forward to student and faculty presentations of their community-partnered projects, a panel on power and partnerships, and a panel discussion of the value of university-community research partnerships (featuring Ms. Simpson, Dr. Karen Bankston, and others). Thanks to the Taft Research Center and the College of Arts and Sciences for support of the symposium!


8:30am Light breakfast
9:00am Welcome
9:15am Student Presentations
Jessica Brawand (Suzanne Boys’ Communication course)
Thomas Caruso & Lindsay Scribner (Kim Conger’s Political Science course)
Shaonta Allen (Sociology PhD student project with Brian Calfano of Political Science/Journalism)
10:00am Faculty Presentations
Heidi Kloos (Psychology)
Stacie Furst-Holloway (Psychology)
11:00am Panel on Power, Partnerships, and Progress
Iris Roley (community organizer), Jeniece Jones (HOME), Shaunak Sastry (Communication), Farrah Jacquez (Psychology), and Brian Calfano (Political Science/Journalism)
12:00pm Lunch
 1:00 Keynote address: Yvette Simpson, JD
Panel Discussion on Collaborating across Cincinnati- Yvette Simpson, Karen Bankston (Poverty Collaborative), Bianca Edwards (AMOS Project), Jennifer Malat (College of Arts & Science)
2:15pm Closing Remarks
Ken Petren, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Friday, February 17, 2017
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
African American Cultural Resource Center (AACRC)
Register (no cost) at
Dr. Patricia Hill Collins, Keynote Speaker
”Taking a Stand: Anti-Black Racism & Coalitional Politics”
1:00 PM

In 2017, we were excited to welcome Dr. Patricia Hill Collins to campus for our 3rd annual symposium. Dr. Collins is a distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland. She is also the Charles Phelps Taft Emeritus Professor of Sociology within the Department of African American Studies here at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Collins is a social theorist whose research and scholarship have examined issues of race, gender, social class, sexuality and/or nation. Her first book, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (Routledge), published in 1990, with a revised tenth year anniversary edition published in 2000, won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for significant scholarship in gender, and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her second book, Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology, 8th ed. (2013), edited with Margaret Andersen, is widely used in undergraduate classrooms in over 200 colleges and universities. Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism (Routledge, 2004) received ASA’s 2007 Distinguished Publication Award.

Professor Collins’s current research interests lie in the following sociology of knowledge projects: (1) the epistemology of intersectionality, specifically, analyzing how race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nation and/or age mutually construct one another as systems of power and as theoretical constructs; (3) exploring epistemologies of emancipatory knowledges, for example, critical race theory, nationalism and feminism; and (3) examining how African American male and female youth’s experiences with social issues of education, unemployment, popular culture and political activism articulate with global phenomena, specifically, complex social inequalities, global capitalist development, transnationalism, and political activism.


8:30am Light breakfast
9:00am Welcome
9:15am Student Research Session
9:45am Leila Rodriguez, Anthropology
“Finding the Sweet Spot in the Academic-Advocacy Work Gradient with the Unaccompanied Minors in Cincinnati Project”
10:30am Classroom Partnered Research
Steve Carlton-Ford, Sociology
“Findings & Foibles: Conducting Focus Groups with Community Organizations”
Heather Zoller, Communication
“Teaching Qualitative Methods through Engaged Learning with the Cancer Justice Network”
Juliana Madzia, Neurobiological Sciences
“Reproductive Justice & NKCAC: A Service Learning Experience”
11:15am Carolette Norwood, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
“Navigating Gender, Race, Sexuality and Space: Assessing the Impact of Gendered Violence on Black Women’s Sexual Health in Jim Crow Cincinnati Neighborhoods”
12:00pm Light Lunch (Registration required for lunch)
12:30pm Jeffrey Blevins, Journalism
“Social Media and Social Justice Movements in Cincinnati”
1:00pm Keynote Address
Patricia Hill Collins, University of Maryland at College Park
“Taking a Stand: Anti-Black Racism and Coalitional Politics”
2:15pm Closing Remarks
Ken Petren, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Sponsored by The Taft Research Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Departments of Sociology, Africana Studies, Communication, Journalism, Psychology, Anthropology and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.