Does Race Still Matter?

Does Race Still Matter?

Interrogating “Post-Racial” Notions in the Age of Obama

Panel Discussion / Open Forum

Tuesday, May 12
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Memorial Union, Room 213
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331

Google the term “post-racial” and one will find plenty of debate surrounding our current historical moment and the significance-or insignificance-of race in US society today. After all, did we not elect our first African American President? How then can one argue that race is still a factor of any substantive consequence in American life? Clearly, given Obama’s election we have reached a point in our history where race no longer constitutes a barrier to opportunity or socioeconomic mobility-or so the argument goes.

What exactly does it mean to assert we are now living in a “post-racial” US? What is at stake? Does race still matter, and if so, in what ways?

Join the Oregon State University Association of Faculty for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC) in a panel discussion and open forum as we grapple with these very questions.

Patti Sakurai – Ethnic Studies
Dwaine Plaza – Sociology
Sunil Khanna – Anthropology
Joseph Orosco – Philosophy
Deb Rubel – Teacher & Counselor Education

Celeste Walls – Speech Communication

Sponsored by the Oregon State University Black Cultural Center and the Association of Faculty for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC)

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made to Anne Gillies, 541- 737-0865.

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