Brandon Harris ’22 will present work from his independent study with journalist and James K. Batten Professor of Public Policy, Issac Bailey '95. Brandon's research focuses on the story of Brandon’s childhood friend, Sura Sohna.

Abstract 

Brandon and Sura attended school together in Annapolis, Maryland, but their lives took very different paths. Brandon’s access to support and opportunity made it possible for him to attend Davidson after completing high school; Sura lacked access to support and opportunity and is currently incarcerated in Maryland.During this public presentation, Brandon will tell Sura's story, delving into circumstances that influenced his former classmate's decisions. He'll also discuss what it feels like to be a Black student at Davidson juggling dual racial realities.

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