Hutchins Forum

Hutchins Forum Addresses a Country Forever Divided

Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. opened this year’s Hutchins Forum by speaking about the past in order to draw parallels with the present state of division in American.

Spirit of Aretha Franklin Fuels Hutchins Forum

The discussion at this year's Hutchins Forum ranged from the state of race relations in America to the role of the media in politics.

Charlottesville Response Is Front and Center at Hutchins Forum

This year's forum presented by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University was the largest in its 23-year history.

In Heated Election Year, Views on Race Stir Hutchins Forum

The Republican party, Donald Trump and the media all came under fire in this year’s Hutchins Forum, in the midst of what will surely be remembered as one of the most consequential presidential elections in modern time.

Building a Foundation for a Better Life

Editor’s Note: What follows is an edited version of opening remarks delivered by the author at the annual Hutchins Forum at the Old Whaling Church.

Hutchins Forum Looks to Next Generation: Are Black Millennials Ready to Rule?

Panelists participating in the annual Hutchins Forum last week at the Old Whaling Church took on the broad-ranging topic of whether black millennials are ready to carry the mantle for civil rights.

Hutchins Forum Draws Large Crowd and Divided Opinions

A sense of excitement filled the Old Whaling Church on Friday evening as visitors from around the country filtered in for the 14th annual Hutchins Forum, sponsored by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Looking at History and In the Mirror Are Keys to Addressing Pillars of Racism

Politics are poisoned by bitter partisanship, economic disparities between whites and minorities are widening and trust between these groups seems to be eroding, complicating efforts to bridge America’s divisions. These were among the many observations by panelists at the annual Hutchins Forum Thursday evening in Edgartown.

Skip Gates.

W.E.B. Du Bois Panel Tackles Hard Questions of Poverty

There were plenty of problems on the table and few easy solutions at hand as an influential panel convened Thursday evening to discuss the issue that has gone unnoticed in this issue-laden presidential election year: unemployment and high poverty rates in the African American community.

When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, few “would have anticipated that in the year 2012, we would have the largest black middle class in American history,” said forum host Dr. Henry Louis (Skip) Gates Jr.

Henry Lewis Gates podium microphone

Poverty and Failure of Education System Weigh on Black Students

Since 1968, the black middle class in America has quadrupled, Henry Louis (Skip) Gates told a packed house at the Edgartown Whaling Church on Thursday evening.

But that was the only positive news in an otherwise bleak survey of the state of black education by a panel of experts convened by Professor Gates and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.