Wednesday, March 28, 2012
From the Applied Research Center:
Keynote speakers for Facing Race have inspired us with their vision of a better world. The struggle for racial justice doesn’t start with a closed worldview – it starts with a community sharing their hopes and aspirations. ARC has presented thought-provoking speakers over the years, including Melissa Harris-Perry, Van Jones, Walter Mosley, Eddie Palmieri, and Sherman Alexie. Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz continues in this tradition.
Our 2010 keynote speech, presented by Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry, defined the current realities of racial discourse while pointing to a greater goal. She reminded us that “we lack a collective vision of a racially just future. These are the aspects of race that we must face, working in communities across America among people of good faith. That is why I am so pleased to be a part of the Facing Race conference.”
This year, we welcome author Junot Díaz to the convsersation. His varied influences -- which blend science fiction, Caribbean culture, and the immigrant experience -- explore popular narratives with skill and empathy. Diaz says, “events like the Facing Race conference are of paramount importance. Not only for the important activism and theorizing that they engender but because it is in these spaces of deliberations that we come in contact with the promise of a just anti-racist future.”
This critical conversation among leaders, educators, artists, journalists, and activists will continue this year in Baltimore. Register now to connect with a community working towards an equitable society.
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