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IAAR, Post-Racial America?: A Roundtable on Race and Representation in the Obama Era, 7:00-8:30pm

Feb 24, 2011
The election of President Barack Obama prompted many to ask if America had moved beyond its deep racial divisions and learned from the conflicts of the past. Have we become a post-racial society? An interdisciplinary panel of USC faculty and scholars in African American Studies will take a closer look at how the post-race ideal ? as a political objective, a media strategy, and a way of expressing cultural identity ? has fared over the past two years. What does it mean to be post-racial both in theory and in practice? What are the unspoken assumptions, benchmarks, and agents that drive this aspiration? Join us for a lively roundtable discussion and Q&A as we explore the history and implications of a post-racial America with Drs. Todd Shaw (Political Science), Kimberly Simmons (Anthropology), Dave Crockett (Marketing), Marvin McAllister (English), and Tracey Weldon (Linguistics). This event is sponsored by the African American Studies Program and the Institute for African American Research at USC. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome. For more information, contact: Prof. Qiana Whitted (803) 777-1860