A Duke Law School conference this month will examine issues at the heart of public discourse on race in America.
The conference, April 8-10, is called “From Slavery to Freedom to the White House: Race in 21st-Century America, a Conference in Honor of John Hope Franklin." It is free and open to the public.
All discussions will be in Room 4047 of Duke Law School, located at the corner of Science Drive and Towerview Road on Duke’s West Campus. Parking is available at the Bryan Center.
Conference participants come from a range of disciplines such as law, history, social psychology, economics, political science and the humanities. The full Thursday-Saturday conference schedule and list of participants is online at www.law.duke.edu/lrp/conference/agenda.
In a series of roundtable discussions, they will examine such issues as the role that race plays in politics and the significance of the Obama presidency; the future of voting rights, civil rights and racial justice; the causes and implications of interracial disparities in wealth; how social psychology can inform our understanding of societal disparities; and how immigration factors into many of these issues.
“Our goal is to identify questions about the future of race or racial inequality that merit examination but are not currently being addressed or are given insufficient attention in scholarly and public discourse,” said Duke Law professor Guy-Uriel Charles, co-director of Duke’s Center on Law, Race and Politics, in a Duke news release. “For example, to what extent is race something other than a site of grievance? To what extent is it simply a negative, victim-centered framework and to what extent ought it be a more positive, empowering framework? Should -- can -- we reframe the stories we tell about race?”
Journalists Brent Staples and Ray Suarez and Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson will offer keynote remarks at the event.
The conference honors John Hope Franklin’s life and work, which were devoted to understanding the impact of racism on American life. (Franklin taught at Duke Law School late in his career.)