Abolishing Child Welfare System & Re-Envisioning Child Well-Being

Mar 2021

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law is thrilled to announce its upcoming Volume 11 Symposium, Strengthened Bonds: Abolishing the Child Welfare System and Re-Envisioning Child Well-Being in collaboration with Columbia Law School.  The symposium marks the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking book, Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare by law professor Dorothy RobertsThe virtual symposium will kick off with a keynote address by Professor Roberts, followed by a panel of responders, on the evening of March 25, 2021.  Over the subsequent two days, March 26 and March 27, academics from multiple disciplines, as well as impacted parents and youth, community members, advocates, and activists, will present the papers that will comprise the two issues the Columbia Journal of Race and Law is devoting to this symposium.

Save the dates now! 

March 25, 6 to 8pm Eastern
March 26, 11am to 6pm Eastern
March 27, 11am to 6pm Eastern

We have attached a detailed description of the program, including a list of all panels and presenters.  Online registration will be required.  We will send registration information as soon as it is available.

Added bonus for early registrants: The symposium is thrilled to offer early registrants access to a special online screening of the 2018 award-winning documentary, Dawnland, examining state removal of Native American children from their families.  Dawnland documents the work of the Maine-Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) - the first government-sanctioned TRC in the United States – which gathered testimony and issued a report on the impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on families in the state’s Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot tribal communities.   The screening will be held the evening of March 16, and will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Mishy Lesser, a member of the filmmaking team.  Save March 16 at 6pm for this extraordinary opportunity!

We look forward to engaging with you in the important work of this symposium.

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