The 1619 Project and the Matter of Black Lives

 Humanities Center     Oct 8 2020 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Zoom

The 1619 Project and the Matter of Black Lives

Jason de Cares Taylor, "Vicissitudes" (2007)


This event kicks off a month+ exploration of the 1619 Project. Join us as we learn from UCI scholars of African American studies, drama, history, law and political science.


Sandra Harvey (African American Studies)


Jessica Millward (History)
Davin Phoenix (Political Science)
Kaaryn Gustafson (Law)
Zachary Price (Drama)

Discussion Facilitators:

Miguel Hernandez (Associate Dean of Students, Student Affairs)
Maria-Gratias Sinon (European Languages and Studies and International Center for Writing and Translation)

Suggested Podcast/Readings:
• The 1619 Podcast 1: “The Fight for a True Democracy”
• Jake Silverstein, Editor’s Note and Table of Contents, pp. 4-7
• 1619 Contributors, pp. 10-11
• Nikole Hannah-Jones, “Our Democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true,” pp. 14-22
• Tiya Miles, “Chained Migration: How Slavery Made its Way West,” pp. 22-26
• Jamelle Bouie, “American democracy has never shed an undemocratic assumption present at its founding: that some people are inherently entitled to more power than others,” pp. 50-55
• Shadow of the Past, p. 98
• Daina Ramey Berry, “#Blacklivesmatter Till They Don't: Slavery's Lasting Legacy, The historical value of black life and the casual killing of Eric Garner

This event is 60 minutes and will include a Q&A session afterwards. For those who are interested, they are welcome to stay for a bonus 30 minute facilitated discussion after the event.

To read the 1619 Project, see:
To access the podcasts, see:
To participate in The 1619 Project in 2020: Student Showcase (one minute reflection videos eligible for gift card drawings), see:

The 1619 Project in 2020

The 1619 Project, published by the New York Times, retells the history of the U.S. by foregrounding the arrival 401 years ago of enslaved Africans to Virginia. Through a series of essays, photos, and podcasts, the 1619 Project charts the impact of slavery on the country’s founding principles, economy, health care system, racial segregation of neighborhoods and schools, popular music and visual representations. Conversations around the 1619 project have served as a flashpoint for intensive ideological debates about its content and impact. It has been both widely lauded and subjected to critiques from academics, journalists, pundits and policymakers who challenge its accuracy and its interpretation of history. Conservative politicians even seek to defund schools that teach the project. What is the power of the 1619 Project reframe our understanding of U.S. history and our contemporary society? How might we go beyond the 1619 Project to develop an even fuller understanding of the centrality of slavery and race in the U.S. and in the broader Atlantic world?  Join us for a month-plus exploration of The 1619 Project, which culminates in the visit of Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the project.

Co-sponsored by UCI Humanities Center, Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative, UCI Black Thriving Initiative, School of Humanities, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Ecology, School of Social Sciences, UCI Libraries, Academic English, Composition Program, Center for Latin American Studies, Center on Law, Equality, and Race, Literary Journalism and Center for Storytelling, Center for Medical Humanities, International Center for Writing and Translation, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Student Affairs, Staff Assembly, AAPI Womxn in Leadership and Academic and Professional Women of UCI.