The goal of the Facing Race forum series is to encourage critical reflection upon the concept of race from an array of perspectives and to help students understand the social, cultural, economic, legal and political impact that this concept has upon our society and the global community today. All events start are open to the general public as well as the college community, and start at 7:30 pm in McGaw Chapel, unless otherwise noted.
Derald Wing Sue
Talking Race: Why Is It So Difficult For Us to Dialogue Honestly About Race
Friday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m. (McGaw Chapel)
Derald Wing Sue is a psychology professor at Columbia University. One of the leading experts on multicultural psychology, Sue has published numerous works including Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, Overcoming our Racism, and Understanding Abnormal Behavior. His scholarly interests include multicultural counseling and psychotherapy, psychology of racism and antiracism, cultural diversity, cultural competence, multicultural organizational development, and mental health law. He previously served on the President’s Advisory Board on Race under President Bill Clinton in 1996.
Albany Park Theater Project
Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. (Freedlander Theatre)
The Albany Park Theater Project (APTP) is a multi-ethnic youth theater group that works to foster social justice and understanding through creative productions that share real-life stories of immigrants and working-class Americans. APTP tackles humanist issues in a personal and relatable manner. Additionally, APTP enriches the cultural environment of the Albany Park neighborhood in Chicago, and provides purposeful, imaginative experiences for teens. Since 1998, APTP has put on over 50 performances, all written, composed, choreographed and performed by the youth artists.
Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. (McGaw Chapel)
Sonia Nazario’s book Enrique’s Journey started as a work of journalism that won more than a dozen awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence. Enrique’s Journey was then expanded into a book and became a national bestseller. Nazario’s writing often discusses issues facing Latin Americans and tackles difficult topics such as drug addiction, hunger and immigration.
America after Oak Creek and Boston: Race, Religion, and Resilience
Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. (McGaw Chapel)
Valarie Kaur is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, civil rights advocate and interfaith leader who works for social change through the power of storytelling. Not only does she use the art of storytelling in her essays and documentaries to create an emotional and realistic understanding of social issues, but she also advocates for the power of storytelling in understanding those who are different from us. She is the founder of the advocacy group Groundswell and the producer of Divided We Fall, a documentary on post-9/11 racism in the United States.
Human Genome Variation and Race: Are We Uniquely the Same?
Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. (McGaw Chapel)
Georgia Dunston is a geneticist at Howard University. Her research focuses on diseases, genes and immune reactions that are common in or unique to the African American population. After being inspired by the Human Genome Project, Dunston turned her work to the genetic heritage of African Americans and founded the National Human Genome Center at Howard University. Her work in genetics and diversity has earned her numerous awards, including the NAACP Science Achievement Award.
How Cultural Diversity Inspires Personal and Community Growth
Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. (McGaw Chapel)
Touré is a writer, television host, and culture critic. After hosting Fuse’s Hip Hop Shop, Touré is now the co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle. Touré is also the author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now, which was named one of the Most Notable Books of 2011 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. It was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work of Non-Fiction. Additionally, he makes frequent contributions to various publications, including the New York Times and Rolling Stone. His most recent work is a biography of Prince, I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon.