[Socrates] Race Matters: A Multicultural Perspective on the Social Construct of Race, Monday March 2

Jean Kelly Jean.Kelly at qc.cuny.edu
Wed Feb 25 11:28:26 EST 2015

On behalf of CERRU

CERRU is incredibly excited to be hosting "Race Matters: A Multicultural Perspective on the Social Construct of Race" this coming Monday (March 2nd) at 5:30PM at Campbell Dome. We have worked hard to bring together excellent panelists that can help us understand the complexity and fluidity of racial labels. 

For information about our speakers and to RSVP, please visit the Eventbrite page (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-matters-a-multicultural-perspective-on-the-social-construct-of-race-tickets-15820023115). The event is free to the public and food will be served. 

Event brief

Race Matters: A Multicultural Perspective on the Construct of Race will be a panel and discussion focusing on race as a social construct with the goal of better understanding how and why individuals self-identify differently than the labels imposed by the outside perceptions of others. How does society define whiteness, blackness, etc., and how do those definitions impact society? The dialogue will begin with a panel consisting of Dr. John Collins, Dr. Hlonipha Mokoena, and Dr. Silvio A Torres-Saillant, and will be moderated by Melissa Valle examining the construct of race in Brazil, South Africa, and the Dominican Republic, respectively, while integrating their personal experiences with race. Informal small group discussions will be used to explore what the panelists have shared. By listening to the way people are categorized in one country versus another, and whether or not these categories match the labels enforced in the United States, the panelists hope to encourage more sensitivity in the community in the conscious and unconscious habits of labeling others. The event will conclude with a Q&A from the audience for the panelists and moderator.

Monday, March 2nd
Campbell Dome, Queens College
Food will be served

Yael Rosenstock
Director of Programming
The Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding at Queens College (CERRU)
Staff Advisor, I am that Girl (IATG)
office: Delany Hall, room 215 
phone: 718-570-0482
email: yrosenstock at cerru.org
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