8 Conversations about Race with Professors Hazel Markus and Paula Moya

We consider eight common conversations that people in the United States have with one another as they make sense of daily events in which race and ethnicity figure prominently.

“We're beyond race.” “Racial diversity is killing us.” “Everyone's a little bit racist.” “That's just identity politics.” “Variety is the spice of life.” “It's a Black thing—you wouldn't understand.” “I'm___ and I'm proud.” “Race is in our DNA.”

These conversations contain powerful, hidden and flawed assumptions about the nature and meanings of race and ethnicity. We argue that framing new and more productive conversations requires an understanding of race and ethnicity not as things that people have or are, but rather as actions that people do.

 
Date and Time:
 Wednesday, May 26, 2010.  4:00 PM.
Approximate duration of 2.5 hour(s).
Location:
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center 424 Santa Teresa Street  [Map]
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Faculty/Staff
Alumni/Friends
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Students
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Lectures/Readings
Sponsor:
Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, American Studies Program, the Program in African and African American Studies (AAAS) Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of History, Modern Thought and Literature, D
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Free and open to the public. Book signing and reception immediately following lecture.
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May 21, 2010