April 26: UT Panel Discussion- “Race in the Classroom”

When: Thursday, April 26, 2006, 12-1:30 pm
Where: Law School Auditorium (in Townes Hall)

Lunch will be provided.
Faculty and students are encouraged to attend and join the dialogue.
Panelists:
Norma Cantú brings exceptional practical and policy-making experience to her new joint appointment in the Education and Law Schools at UT. For eight years, she served as the Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration, where she oversaw a staff of approximately 850 in implementing governmental policy for civil rights in American education.
John Hartigan Jr. is an associate professor in the Americo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies in the Department of Anthropology at UT. He is the author of Racial Situations: Class Predicaments of Whiteness in Detroit (1999) and Odd Tribes: Toward a Cultural Analysis of White People (2005). His current research examines efforts to analyze racial health inequalities in terms of genetics.
Marilyn P. Armour is an associate professor in the School of Social Work. Besides being the recipient of the Texas Exes Teaching Award and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, she is the Director of the Diversity Institute in the School of Social Work and the co-author of Educating for Cultural Competence: Tools for Training Field Instructors, published in 2006. Dr. Armour will discuss her efforts, as an academic, to intervene on manifestations of avoidance in academic settings.
Ben Carrington is an assistant professor of sociology a UT and is currently the Associate Director of the Center for European Studies. He is also an affiliate with the Center for African and African American Studies and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Carrington will offer some reflections on the politics of teaching race in the classroom and will provide some comparative perspective focusing on how questions of race and racism are dealt with in the both the British and America contexts.
For more information, please e-mail rzilberman@mail.utexas.edu.

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