AADS Media, Webinars, Publications, & Public Service Activities During the Pandemic.

Below is a list of academic activities AADS Faculty, Lecturers, and Students have been engaged in since the beginning of the pandemic:


In June 2020, the French translation of Dr. Erin Winkler’s 2017 piece, “Tips for Talking to Children about Racism.” [Later renamed “Here’s How to Raise Race-Conscious Children” by the publication] was “trending” in France in June 2020. The piece has also been translated into Brazilian Portuguese.

In June 2020 Dr. Erin Winkler was quoted in “How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism,” (June 1, 2020) by Gabbi Timmis, which was posted by many NBC local affiliates, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Miami, San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego, and is part of the NBC Universal Parent Toolkit; “Help Your Kids Take Action Against Racism,” (June 3, 2020) by Alison Granito of The Girl Scouts USA;  “Kids Learn About Race Younger Than You Think. Talk to Them Before That,” (June 1, 2020) by Maija Kappleron on Huffington Post, Canada; “Kids Are Not Racially ‘Colorblind’” (June 3, 2020) by Meghan Moravcik Walbert on LifeHacker; and “How White Parents Can Talk to Their Kids About Race,” (June 2, 2020) by Caroline Bologna on MSN.

Ph.D. Candidate Charmaine Lang has written about self-care and pleasure during the pandemic and uprisings on her Medium blog: https://medium.com/@charmainerlang


Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour organized and moderated the U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil webinar “Racism, Covid-19, and Necropolitics in Brazil” on June 2, 2020. Doctoral student Dalila Fernandes De Negreiros participated in this webinar.

Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour will interview Jean Wyllys (former Brazilian politician in self-exile) on June 26, 2020, and will present research on conditional cash transfer programs for the Rui Costa Institute (Brazil) webinar in July 2020.

Ph.D. Candidate Charmaine Lang was a panelist for a town hall, “Soft & Strong: Centering Queer Womxn Youth & Queer Communities,” hosted by the University of New Mexico, where she talked about the importance of self-care and community care, especially during a pandemic and uprisings.


Doctoral student Dalila Fernandes De Negreiros participated in an interview with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In the interview, she discusses how Brazil’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Black population exponentially as a result of systemic racial inequality and discrimination. The full interview can be found on the OHCHR’s website: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DalilaNegreiros.aspx

Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour participated in an interview by Estadão São Paulo in April 2020, a second Brazilian newspaper in June 2020, the Latin America Advisor. Inter- American Dialogue on June 18, 2020, the Brazilian Consulate in Boston, MA via webinar on June 26, 2020, and Claudia Magazine (São Paulo, Brazil) on June 23, 2020. Dr. Mitchell-Walthour also participated in an Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman’s YouTube channel about Black Homeschooling Parents in May 2020.


Dr. Erin Winkler has over a dozen presentations/sessions scheduled with schools, libraries, parenting groups, health providers, state agencies, and corporations on the topic of children and race for summer and fall 2020.

Since the beginning of the pandemic and uprisings, PhD Candidate Charmaine Lang has conducted over a dozen sound healing sessions for abortion rights activists and Black women-led organizations in the country.

Opinion Editorials, Statements, and Reports:

Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour and doctoral student Crystal Ellis wrote the op-ed Protests and Addressing Milwaukee’s Structures of Racism, which was published June 11, 2020.

Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour wrote U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil’s Solidarity Statement with Black Movement Activists in the USA in June 2020 and co-authored the AADS Solidarity Statement, in Solidarity with the young person who was spat on by a Shorewood resident.

Doctoral student Dalila Fernandes De Negreiros submitted 2 reports on “Covid-19 and the black population in Brazil”, one for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the other one for the Attorney General of Distrito Federal (Brazil), and wrote an op-ed, which is forthcoming.

Ph.D. Candidate Charmaine Lang wrote an op-ed titled, “To the White LGBTQ Community: Your (Racist) Slip is Showing,” which was published in the daily news site ColorLines on June 29, 2020.

Doctoral Student Dalila Negreiros discussed the importance of Black Studies in her recent article “Black Studies needed now more than ever” from The CapTimes.

Journal Articles:

Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour submitted a revise and resubmit to the journal Cultural Dynamics.

Dr. Nolan Kopkin submitted original research to the journals European Journal of Political EconomyElectoral StudiesReal Estate Economicsand Party Politics in March 2020; European Journal of Political Research and Political Behavior in April 2020; and European Political Science Review and Representation in May 2020.

Dr. Nolan Kopkin participated in journal article reviews for the journals Journal of Small Business Management in March 2020, and Housing Policy Debate and Sociological Spectrum in April 2020.


Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour helped fundraise for Uneafro (Brazil) so that food and basic needs could be sent to low income Black communities in Brazil in April 2020.

Public Inquiries/Public Service:

Members of the department collectively spend dozens of hours a week fielding the many inquiries they receive from individual members of the public who want help understanding and addressing racialized inequity in their communities, workplaces, schools, and everyday lives. The individuals who reach out to us include public officials, policy makers, organizers, healthcare providers, teachers and principals, students, parents, corporate leaders, and people from all walks of life. These inquiries result in many hours of one-on-one email exchanges and phone and video conference conversations.