Durell M. Callier: Queer Roots and Causes

The UMBC McNair Scholars Program is delighted to announce the inaugural Hill-Robinson McNair Lecture, featuring Durell M. Callier, Ph.D., ’07, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University and co-visionary of Hill L. Waters, an arts-based collective. He will speak on “Queer Roots and Causes: Reframing Anti-Black Violence in the Lives of Youth.”

Callier states, “The victimization of queer youth both within and beyond schooling contexts in recent years has garnered growing public concern. Equally so, the premature deaths of Black youth at the hands of law enforcement and vigilante justices have increasingly captured public attention and calls for change. Despite being seen through monocausal frames, anti-Black and anti-queer violence are overlapping and mutually constitutive. Throughout my talk, I illuminate connections between anti-Black and anti-queer violence as they shape the lives of youth of color. Centering the lives of three youth, Carl Joseph Walker Hoover, Jaheem Herrera, and Tyrone Williams, I argue that the systematic premature and preventable deaths experienced by Black and queer youth are a function of state apparatuses and sociocultural institutions constructing youth of color and Black youth in particular as queer subjects.”


Admission is free.

The2019 Hill-Robinson McNair Lecture is co-sponsored by the McNair Scholars Program, the Dresher Center for Humanities, the Center for Social Science Scholarship, The Mosaic: Center for Culture and Diversity, the Department of American Studies, the School of Social Work, the Language, Literacy, and Culture Ph.D. Program, the Department of Africana Studies, and the Women’s Center.


Start Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Start Time: 5:30 pm

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Venue Name: Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor

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