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Cultural and Media Systems: Voice, Representation, and Collective Memory in American Culture

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Panel Conversation for Racism and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America

“Cultural and Media Systems: Voice, Representation, and Collective Memory in American Culture”

  • Herman Beavers, Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt President’s Distinguished Professor of English and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Margo Natalie Crawford, Professor of English, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence, University of Pennsylvania
  • Guthrie Ramsey, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania
  • Deborah Thomas, R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology; Director, Center for Experimental Ethnography, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tukufu Zuberi, The Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, Sociology Department, University of Pennsylvania

*please note this panel discussion starts 30 minutes later than the other events in the series.

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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