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The Political System: Voice and Representation


Panel Conversation for Racism and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America

“The Political System: Voice and Representation”

  • Traci Burch, Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University
  • Vincent Hutchings, Diversity and Social Transformation Professor; Hanes Walton, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Political Science and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan
  • Michael Jones-Correa, President’s Distinguished Professor of Political Science; Director, Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration, University of Pennsylvania
  • Adolph Reed, Professor Emeritus, Political Science Department, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nicholas Valentino, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan


Videos from prior panel discussions are available on YouTube.

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Protestor holding up Black Lives Matter posterRacism and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America” is a preceptorial designed to provide a broad overview of the causes and consequences of racism in the United States, as well as ways in which this deep-seated “stain” on American society has been and might better be addressed. While racism and other forms of discrimination affect people of various identities, and exist in different forms across the globe, the focus of this preceptorial is specifically on racism towards African Americans in the United States. We hope to develop future preceptorials addressing other forms and locations of discrimination and structural inequality in the future.

“Racism and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America” will consist of a unique series of 13 interdisciplinary conversations among leading scholars and practitioners drawn from a wide range of fields. Each conversation will focus on the ways in which institutional racism is deeply embedded in different parts of our economic, political, social, and cultural systems. While each conversation will have its own dynamic, all will be organized around three central questions:

  • What is the current state of racial disparity regarding the topic?
  • What are the root causes of this disparity?
  • How has or might this disparity be best addressed?

See the full list of upcoming panel conversations.

A collaboration of the SNF Paideia Program, the Office of the Vice President for Social Equity & Community, the Office of the Provost, the Andrea Mitchell Center, Civic House, and New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives as part of the Year of Civic Engagement.

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