‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Adds Spark to Discussion on Racial Issues

Published: January 29th, 2007

Category: News

A series of several high-profile incidents in recent months have again brought attention to the subject of racial issues and will serve as the launching point for discussion at an upcoming event sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations.

Mel Gibson’s anti- Semitic meltdown, Michael Richards’ “N word” rant, Rosie O’Donnell’s “comedic” caricature of Asians, and more serious cases involving the fatal undercover police killings of Sean Bell and Kathryn Johnston are but some of the topics to be discussed at “A Series of Unfortunate Events? A Look at Race,” Feb. 26, from noon until 2 p.m., in Room 355B Holland Hall.

Panelists include Milagros Peña, director of the Center For Women’s Studies and Gender Research and Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at UF; Faye Harrison, professor of African American Studies and Anthropology at UF and author of Resisting Racism and Xenophobia: Global Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Human Rights; and UF Law Professor Kenneth Nunn. Jabari Asim, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and author of The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t and Why, will give the keynote. Florida State Senator Anthony C. Hill, Sr. will make opening remarks. For more information, contact the center at csrrrr@law.ufl.edu or 273-0614.

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