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Speaker to Examine Lasting Issues of Race in America

Published on March 27, 2013

John Hartigan, professor of anthropology at the University of Texas, will explore the topic “Why Doesn’t Race Go Away?John Hartigan Reflections on Post-Racial America” in a talk at Susquehanna University on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Hall’s Faylor Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hartigan, a cultural anthropologist, will offer a critical perspective on the rapidly changing dynamics of race in the United States today. Drawing on his ethnographic and media studies research projects, Hartigan will size up the range of current claims about our dawning “post-racial” era, indicating ways that this concept alternately elucidates and obscures important demographic, political and social developments. While drawing examples from recent stories about race in the news, Hartigan will provide insights into underlying cultural dynamics that shape the enduring significance of race.

Hartigan is director of the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His recent work has focused on race and genomics, and the critical assessment of the social constructions of race. He has published articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Anthropology Now and Anthropology of Race: Biology, Genes, and Culture, among others, and is the author of “What Can You Say? America’s National Conversation on Race” (Stanford University Press, 2010) and “Race in the 21st Century: Ethnographic Approaches” (Oxford University Press, 2010).

The lecture is sponsored by Susquehanna’s Diversity Studies Program, Office of the Provost, Department of English and Creative Writing, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Center for Teaching and Learning, School of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Chaplain, and Center for Diversity and Social Justice.

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