Dominique Day and Daniel Bernard Roumain
Public Talk
Police Violence Symposium

Welcome Session

with Dominique Day and Daniel Bernard Roumain
April 05, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Public Talk season. This is an archived view.

The weeklong, international symposium opens with a video and performance by artist Daniel Bernard Roumain and a keynote address by justice advocate Dominique Day.

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Symposium organizers Mary Coffey, Professor of Art History, and Trica Keaton, Professor of African and African American Studies, will convene the symposium and welcome participants. After their introductory remarks, violinist, composer and Roth Distinguished Visiting Scholar Daniel Bernard Roumain will present a brief sequence from his 2020 film project Requiem for the Living, In Color followed by a live performance.

Lisa Baldez, Professor of Government, will then introduce the keynote speaker, justice advocate Dominique Day, presenting her address "The Role of Race: The Practice of Pivoting to Police as Problem-Solvers in Uncertain Times."

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) is a prolific and endlessly collaborative composer, performer, educator, and social entrepreneur. Known for his signature violin sounds infused with electronic, urban and African-American music influences, he has composed chamber, orchestral and operatic works and created large-scale musical events for public spaces. He is also an Emmy winner for Outstanding Musical Composition for his collaborations with ESPN. Roumain is one of the creators and performers of The Just and the Blind, an evening-length, multi-media performance about the realities of incarcerated youth and their families, which was performed at the Hop in January 2020. He is currently the Roth Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth.


Dominique Day has two decades of experience as a justice advocate in the United States and internationally. Day is the Chair of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a fact-finding body mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate and report on the situation of people of African descent globally. She is a human rights attorney who also leads the DAYLIGHT Collective, an independent, nonpartisan global non-profit organization implementing rule of law, access to justice, and development solutions. Internationally, her policy and capacity-building work focuses heavily on racial justice. She has extensive criminal and civil litigation experience on behalf of individuals and communities within the Black diaspora, including in post-conflict and transitional States. She holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a juris doctor from Stanford Law School.

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