Current GIRI Seminar

Fall 2021: The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in Global Perspective

Global Inequality Research Initiative: the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in Global Perspective will explore inequalities through study of the history of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Through a series of remote and in-person lectures, undergraduate and graduate students will engage with instructors and guest speakers in discussions surrounding the events of the massacre, the global economic and racial context of early twentieth century racial violence, as well as the massacre’s influence on art, literature, social science research, and American culture. Students will complete a semester-long research project of their choosing as part of the course.

Instructors: John Whittington Franklin, Adam Hollowell, William “Sandy” Darity

Guest instructor: John Whittington Franklin is a historian and the son of scholar John Hope Franklin. His grandfather Buck Colbert Franklin, a lawyer, survived the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and penned the first known memoir of the event.

Program Description

The Global Inequality Research Initiative (GIRI) seminar is an interdisciplinary, vertically integrated research course that emphasizes a judicious application of mixed methods from the social sciences and humanities, including quantitative, qualitative, and archival research.

Cross-listed in multiple departments, GIRI facilitates integrated study and research across fields of social, historical, and political inequality. The course, typically offered once each semester, invites students to produce a major paper that will qualify for submission to a refereed journal in the area relevant to the focus of the study. Past GIRI seminar themes have included reparations, genetics and neuroscience, racism in Europe, and social determinants of health.

Program Goals

  • The goal of the class is to navigate the students through a rigorous process that introduces them to the research process. This includes some exposure to qualitative and quantitative methodology.  It introduces students to data gathering, cleaning, analysis, and presentation.  When students complete the course, they should have a better understanding of inequalities and its connection to the course’s topic.  An advanced undergraduate student or graduate student should gain value from this course.
  • In all Global Inequality Research Institute courses, the goal is to immerse students in open-ended research, only with the guidelines of exploring a component of the semester’s theme.
  • Students should not only be able to conduct research, but also share it. GIRI courses always conclude with a capstone conference, where students present their research in a poster or presentation format. The final component of sharing is the goal of having the research paper published in a Social Science journal.