#ShutdownPL @ POPL ’22

Date, time, and location at conference to be announced!

Anti-Black racism is sustained by systems of discrimination that are pervasive accross our society, and academic spaces are no exception.

Inspired by the recent #ShutDownSTEM movement and in response to the continued violence against Black people in the United States, #ShutdownPL @ POPL ’22 will offer a safe space to collaborate and take action against racism and systems of oppression in the programming languages community.

Our goal is to enact positive change via concrete planning and action, and we’re very excited to work with you toward that end.

We announce news via our Twitter account, @ShutdownPL. If you want to get in touch with the organizers of #ShutdownPL, please email us at


#ShutdownPL @ POPL ’22 will comprise two events:

  1. A keynote by Dr. Brittany Johnson-Matthews, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at George Mason University.
  2. A discussion to plan concrete steps that we can take individually and as a community to combat anti-Black racism.

We’ll also have a table in the conference lobby; please stop by to say hi and learn more about our efforts!

Spread the Word

We use the #ShutdownPL tag on social media (particularly on our Twitter account, @ShutdownPL), and we encourage you to do the same. You can also use our banner and logo (licensed under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) that were designed by Aaron Weiss to talk about and support our official events.

In addition to telling your friends and colleagues, there are some special ways that you may be able to spread the word for us. For example, if you…


The organizers of #ShutdownPL @ POPL ’22 are:

If you’re interested in helping organize future #ShutdownPL events, please email us at or contact one of the organizers!