Over the last few years, organizations across the United States—including corporations, universities, and nonprofits like the American Academy of Arts & Sciences— have begun to reflect on their ties to slavery, Native genocide, and other troubling elements of American history. This program looked at why historical self-examination matters and what can be gained from studies of the past. Leaders from a diverse group of institutions discussed the reckoning process, best practices that other organizations can use, and how this work can create opportunities for a better future.
The discussion highlighted Telling Our Nation’s Story, one of 31 recommendations in "Our Common Purpose," the final report from the American Academy’s Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. This recommendation encourages honest conversations that bridge divides and help develop new narratives that incorporate all aspects of our history.
This is a 40-minute keynote address Dr. Burks delivered at the InclusiveSciComm Symposium at the University of Rhode Island in September of 2018. The talk directly addresses racism and misogyny she faces in academic scientific settings.