This year's keynote speaker at the annual lecture of the Baha'i Chair for World Peace was Jabari Mahiri, Professor of Education and the William and Mary Jane Brinton Family Chair in Urban Teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Mahiri believes that it is time to re-examine the terms on which race is discussed and racial justice pursued.
Hoda Mahmoudi, the current holder of the Baha'i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland, College Park
The lecture was well received and stimulated numerous questions from the audience, including university students.
The annual lecture drew more than 370 people, including faculty members and staff at the University of Maryland, College Park as well as prominent guests from across the country. Among the audience were also many university students. "We have seen how this series on structural racism and the roots of prejudice has resonated with the aspirations of so many students on campus who want to see a more just and unified society," explained Dr. Mahmoudi.
Dr. Mahiri speaks with audience members after his talk.