Virginia Conference on Race Keynote Lecture with Dr. Morgan Smalls

Virginia Conference on Race Keynote Lecture with Dr. Morgan Smalls

Contact: Dr. Carrie Murawski,

Dr. Morgan Smalls kicks off the inaugural Virginia Conference on Race (VCR) with her Thursday night keynote lecture. On the following day, Friday, April 8, the student conference will be hosted in a couple of rooms on the first floor of the Colket Center from 9:40 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. 

Dr. Smalls is an assistant professor at James Madison University in the School of Media Arts and Design (SMAD). 

Smalls earned her Ph.D. in Communication, Culture, and Media Studies with a Certificate in Women’s Studies from Howard University. As a media and digital studies scholar, her areas of research center at the intersection of Africana studies, women and gender, social media, and popular culture. Essentially, she uses popular culture as an entryway to have larger conversations about race, class, gender, and power. 

Specifically, she is interested in the portrayal of Black women in media and social media and the counter-narratives that are created to combat sexism, racism, and the lack of representation or misrepresentation in traditional media, such as television and film. This scholarship extends to the ways in which digital spaces are used to build communities and forums of discussion for marginalized groups, potentially leading to social change.

The inaugural Virginia Conference on Race is sponsored by Roanoke College’s Center for Studying Structures of Race.

See the Virginia Conference on Race website for more information.