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I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice

The institute carries on the mission of the Rev. I. DeQuincey Newman by promoting social justice through interdisciplinary education, consultation and research at the community, state, national and international levels.

The Newman Institute is committed to:

  • serving as a catalyst and resource for transdisciplinary teaching and advocacy on social justice issues
  • pursuing rigorous theoretical and applied research on processes and conditions that create and sustain social justice
  • maintaining and sustaining a community-centered focus on outreach to underserved populations in South Carolina
  • preparing students in social work and other related disciplines to effect positive social change around social justice issues.

About Us

The institute is located in the College of Social Work and directed by the I. DeQuincey Newman Chair. It was conceived in partnership with the university, the College of Social Work and interested community groups.

To learn more about the institute’s namesake, I. DeQuincey Newman, view his papers online through the University Libraries Digital Collections.

Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to view our calendar of events, take a poll or participate in interactive discussions on a variety of social justice issues.


Lecture Series

The I. DeQuincey Newman Lecture Series in Peace and Justice was established 2005 as a vehicle for disseminating research information to the community on social justice-related topics. 


Presenter: Kesha Hayes, MA, LPN, community advocate 

Title: Resilience through Advocacy 


Presenter: Bakari Sellers, CNN political commentator and New York Times bestselling author

Title: Virtual Town Hall with Bakari Sellers


Presenter: Ibram X. Kendi, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University; New York Times bestselling author

Title: Live Discussion with Ibram Kendi


Presenter: Gaby Pacheco, Director of Advocacy, Communications and Development, TheDream.US

Title: What google won’t tell you about immigration


Presenter: Joshua Correll, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Title: Police and racial bias: Lessons from the lab to the street


Presenter: Llewellyn J. Cornelius, Ph.D., LCSW, Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies and the Director of the Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights at the University of Georgia

Title: Why is the south the epicenter of the new HIV/AIDS epidemic? The role of barriers to health insurance in disparities to HIV care


Presenter: Patrick J. Patterson, MSW, MPH, President, Global Partners for Fathers and Families Consulting, LLC

Title: 5 habits of good fathers that build strong families


Presenter: The Honorable Anton Gunn, MSW, Chief Diversity Office of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health Center

Title: From public enemy to public good: An open discussion on social justice, activism, health disparities and leadership in the area of healthcare reform


Presenter: Henrie M. Treadwell, Ph.D., Founding Director, Community Voices,  Morehouse School of Medicine

Title: Passing the torch: Civil rights agenda for the 21st century


Presenter: Robert Hawkins, MPA, Ph.D., New York University

Title: Poverty, rights, and everyday wrongs: Why social policy does not mean social justice


Presenter: U. S. Federal Judge Matthew James Perry, Jr.

Title: Civil Rights in South Carolina


Presenter: Congressman James E. Clyburn

Title: Rev. Newman and Civil Rights in South Carolina

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