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.