Public Programs And Events

Race in the United States

Race in the United States

University Center
General Public 

Recordings of each lecture will be made available online.

The 2016 U.S. Presidential election revealed the stubborn persistence of bigotry in the United States, and demonstrated that race continues to play a significant, if changing, role in how we define our communities, develop our public policy, and shape our democratic institutions. This course brings together scholars, experts, thought leaders and activists to examine such issues as racial stratification, implicit bias, and the complex, intersectional relationships between race, gender, and class. What is race and how do we understand it today? How are demographic shifts driving wedges between communities and/or fostering pluralism? How democratic is our pluralist society? What is the role of racial divides in fomenting political partisanship? What impact does racialized discourse have on such issues as the social safety net, immigration, criminal justice, technology, voting, and urban policy?

"Race in the USA" is The New School's second University free public course on post-election America, and is sponsored by the Provost's Office and the 2017 Henry Cohen Lecture Series of The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.

9/11: The Social Construction of Race and Islamophobia 

9/18: Health Equity

9/25: Who Are You? The Elusive Categories of Race

10/2: The Movement for Black Lives - Uprising, Reclamation, Innovation

10/11: Fraught Crossroads

10/16: 400 Years Curriculum Disruption

10/23: Race and Cognition

10/30:  Race and Lower Ed in the New Economy

11/6: Race and Reproduction - From Slavery and Genocide to Genetically Designed Babies

11/13: Race and the Environment

11/20: Indigenous Politics, History, and Questions of Race on Turtle Island

11/27: Race and Immigration

12/4: Race and Criminalization

12/11: Race and Electoral Power

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