Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture

Sponsor: NCA First Vice President
Fri, 11/18: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST
Room: Grand Ballroom C - 5th Floor 
The Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture is given in plenary session each year at the annual convention of the Association and features the most accomplished researchers in the field. The topic of the lecture changes annually so as to capture the wide range of research being conducted in the field and to demonstrate the relevance of that work to society at large.

The purpose of the Arnold Lecture is to inspire not by words but by intellectual deeds. Its goal is to make the members of the Association better informed by having one of its best professionals think aloud in their presence. Over the years, the Arnold Lecture will serve as a scholarly stimulus for new ideas and new ways of approaching those ideas.

The Arnold Lecturer is chosen each year by the First Vice President. When choosing the Arnold Lecturer, the First Vice President is charged to select a long-standing member of NCA, a scholar of undisputed merit who has already been recognized as such, a person whose recent research is as vital and suggestive as his or her earlier work, and a researcher whose work meets or exceeds the scholarly standards of the academy generally.


Walid Afifi, University of California, Santa Barbara  - Contact Me


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Antiracism and the Complexity of Woke Politics

In 2021, "Woke" was chosen as the word of the year by the trendsetter In the context of civil debates about public monuments, critical race theory, educational praxis, a global racial pandemic, the January 6 capital riots, and the Black Lives Matter movement, it is a word that has come to mean so much to so many in such a short period of time. Some have attributed the word to a song entitled "Master Teacher" by R&B singer Erykah Badu. No matter the origins or the ensuing complexity, the definition "woke" is actually rather rudimentary. It simply refers to a level of social and cultural consciousness after having been awakened by the unquiet noise of privilege, which consistently disturbs and distorts the identities of marginalized group persons. In this lecture, while unpacking the brouhaha circulating Critical Race Theory, Jackson attends to the sociopolitical dynamics that have facilitated a complicated set of standpoints around racial marginality in the United States and around the globe. He offers us an opportunity to consider questions like the following: What does inclusive excellence mean in the 21st century? How does a nation heal from an unending onslaught of racial trauma? What is our responsibility as citizens, educators, and allies? 


Ronald L. Jackson, University of Cincinnati  - Contact Me