Speaker at Ithaca College to Discuss ‘Repoliticizing Racial Justice’
ITHACA, NY — “Repoliticizing Racial Justice in the Age of Obama” will be the topic of the next presentation in the yearlong Discussion Series sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE).
The talk by Daniel HoSang, associate professor of ethnic studies and political science at the University of Oregon, will be held on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. It is free and open to the public.
HoSang notes that this year has witnessed 50th-anniversary commemorations for several watershed moments in U.S. civil rights history, such as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham and the assassination of NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers in Mississippi.
“These events are often memorialized as mileposts along a national journey, from a closed and intolerant past toward an open and broad-minded future,” said HoSang. “They teach us ‘how far we have come’ from a starting point of racial injustice while marking ‘how far we have to go’ to arrive at the destination of racial justice. But what — and where — is this journey’s end? What is racial justice and who is it for? And how will we know when we are in its presence?”
He says the answers to these questions, and the focus of his talk, speak directly to contemporary debates over the significance of race within U.S. politics, law and culture, shaping what it is we understand race to be and the role it plays in our lives.
HoSang is the author of the prize-winning book “Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California,” which explores the history of racialized ballot measures in California since 1945, and the coeditor of “Racial Formation in the 21st Century.” He is currently writing a narrative history of racial justice organizing in the U.S.
HoSang worked as a community organizer and trainer for 10 years in the San Francisco Bay Area before earning his Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. He currently serves on the boards of directors of several social justice organizations, including Forward Together (Oakland, CA), the Alliance for a Just Society (Seattle, WA) and the Partnership for Safety and Justice (Portland, OR).
For more information on the CSCRE and its Discussion Series, visit www.ithaca.edu/cscre/discussionseries.