Rethinking Race

Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond


Rethinking Race 2016 will take place Jan. 31 to Feb. 13.

It will mark the ninth year of Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond, a series of collaborative co-curricular events focused on issues of race.

Some 6,000 people participated in the 2015 events, which included nearly 100 hours of programming — lectures, facilitated conversations, a photo exhibit, films and performing arts events.

The information below is for the 2015 event. We will update the site with 2016 information as plans for it come together.

Rethinking Race's 2015 events

Friday, Jan. 30 to Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

In 1997, United States President William J. Clinton chose UA as the location for his first Town Hall Meeting on Race.

Each February, The University of Akron provides a forum in which race and race-related issues can be discussed, examined, and hopefully, better understood. The series offers both the University and Northeast Ohio community the opportunity to hear and share a wide variety of viewpoints.

Through films, performances, Face-2-Face Conversations, and keynote speakers, Rethinking Race hopes to engage the public with important topics such as diversity in the workplace and awareness of issues and culture.

Keynote: Melissa Harris-Perry

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
EJ Thomas Hall

Sponsored by: Inclusion & Equity, Rethinking Race, Culture Quest, the Northeast Ohio Medical University, and E. J. Thomas Hall.

Melissa Harris-Perry is an American writer, professor, television host, and political commentator with a focus on African-American politics. Harris-Perry hosts the Melissa Harris-Perry weekend news and opinion television show on MSNBC.

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Back by popular demand!

See the second showing of "Dear White People" on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 at 8 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.

Sponsored by University Libraries and ZPN

More for 2015

Free Summit County Historical Society Trolley Tours
Friday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 13 both at 2 p.m.
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Several guest speakers
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Film Festival
Nearly a dozen movies and documentaries. See the list