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The Real Record on Racial Attitudes



Dr. Camille Z. Charles

6:00 pm

World Cafe Live Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street

Dr. Camille Z. Charles
Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences; Professor of Sociology, Africana Studies, and Education; Director, Center for Africana Studies



Issues of race and racial division have been prominent features of social organization and culture in the United States from as far back as the historical record goes. As a leading scholar in American race relations, Charles maps the major divisions of, and trends in, U.S. racial attitudes and documents both significant progressive changes as well as substantial enduring frictions and conflicts that continue to make race such a fraught terrain. She will tackle the conceptually broad and analytically powerful record, which is a strong caution against glib generalities that attempt to reduce an enormously multifaceted social phenomenon to simplistic catch phrases like "racist America," "the end of racism" or, more recently, "post-racial America."

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Cafe. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

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