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Join us at Bird in Hand for a conversation surrounding topics addressed in Heather E. Harris’s Neo-race Realities in the Obama Era.
Neo-race Realities in the Obama Era expands the discourse about Barack Obama’s two terms as president by reflecting upon the impact of neo-racism during his tenure. Continually in conversation with Étienne Balibar’s conceptualization of neo-racism as being racism without race, the contributors examine how identities become the target of neo-racist discriminatory practices and policies in the United States. Individual chapters explore how President Obama’s multiple and intersecting identities beyond the racial binaries of Black and White were perceived, as well as how his presence impacted certain marginalized groups in our society as a result of his administration’s policies. Evidencing the hegemonic complexity of neo-racism in the United States, the contributors illustrate how the mythic post-race society that many wished for on election night in 2008 was deferred, in order to return to the uncomfortable comfort zone of the way America used to be.
Heather E. Harris is Professor of Communication at Stevenson University. She is coeditor (with Kimberly R. Moffitt and Catherine R. Squires) of The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign, also published by SUNY Press.
Other presenters include:
Dr. Douglas-Wade Brunton, a media ethnographer, who is broadly interested in the relationship between media and identity. Using sport, music, body image and physical movement as lenses of analysis of the creative and cultural industries, the media and society in the Caribbean, his work seeks to answer questions around the ways in which the media affects both diasporical and regional constructs of West Indian identity.
Dr. Omowale Elson is the vice-president for Business Development at Elson Consulting Group and has taught at the University of Maryland University College and Trinity Washington University.
Dr. Zoe Hess Carney is a Research and teaching professional with a Doctor of Philosophy focused in Rhetoric and Politics from Georgia State University.
TIME & DATE
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 7:00pm