Rethinking Race

RETHINKING RACE: Black, White and Beyond

Feb. 2-16, 2018

A forum in which race and race-related issues can be discussed, examined, and hopefully, better understood 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.

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Dr. Derald Wing Sue announced as a keynote speaker

Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, from 7-9 p.m.
University of Akron campus, Student Union Ballroom

sueDiscussions around race are often fraught with powerful emotions. Dr. Sue will discuss his work, developed through 10 years of research and observation of participants engaged in difficult dialogues: exposing rules that impact how we talk about race in the U.S., consequences of the failure to have honest dialogues, challenges to successful conversations, and solutions to these obstacles.

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Charlottesville: The Call for a More Civil Society

Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, 6 p.m.
McDowell Law Center Commons
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President Vincent[1]As a continuation from Akron Roundtable, Dr. Vincent will bring the second installment of his message to the University Of Akron School Of Law. This unique address combines the both the community and college with a timely address the current political and social climate within Dr. Vincent’s area of scholarly expertise. This is the closing event of the 2018 Rethinking Race Series.

Submit a Face-2-Face proposal

Deadline to submit: Jan. 19.

Face-2-Face (F2F) conversations are discussions dealing with race and racial conflict. Because race is a sensitive and controversial topic, F2F conversations provide a forum for interesting, illuminating and real conversation—student to student—without reinforcing tired stereotypes, amplifying hostility, or spreading more misinformation about the very real and complex racial conflicts playing out in America today. Learn more

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