JLPP, CSRRR host ‘Race Talk in the Age of Obama’ Feb. 8

Published: January 9th, 2012

Category: Events, News Briefs

The UF Journal of Law and Public Policy (JLPP) and the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) will host a panel discussion Wednesday, Feb. 8, from noon – 2 p.m. in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180. A reception will follow.


The event, “Race Talk in the Age of Obama,” will be a timely and provocative panel discussion by contributors to the December 2011 issue of the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy.


Representing diverse race, gender and academic perspectives, panelists will discuss how they confront race at a time when many claim America is now a post-racial society.


In light of the historic election of President Barack Obama, how does race matter? How should we engage in everyday conversations about race at work, at school and informally? What are the potential risks and benefits? What are the consequences of not talking about race? What is “critical citizenship” and how does it impact public policy and our work as students, lawyers and educators?


Panelists will include: Professor Jonathan R. Cohen, professor of law, University of Florida; Michelle D. Deardorff, professor of political science, Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss.; Angela Mae Kupenda, professor of law, Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Miss.; Professor Kenneth B. Nunn, professor of law, University of Florida; and Professor Sharon E. Rush, Irving Cypen Professor of Law, University of Florida.


Contact Melissa Bamba with questions at 273-0614 or bamba@law.ufl.edu.