SPECIAL EVENT: Race and What Policy Can Learn From Technology

November 20, 2009
6:30 pmto8:00 pm


Recent events in politics and popular culture illustrate that both race and power are constantly shifting. Despite the prevalence of race and racial discourse in our daily lives we lack informed opportunities and frameworks to better understand the way in which race is constructed and implicated in our lives. The talk will focus on better understandings of racial disparities focusing on the ways that public policies, institutional practices, and cultural representations contribute to contemporary racial inequities.  The discussion will also examine some of the underlying assumptions, beliefs and values that shape contemporary discussions on race; and, second, discuss ways to apply these insights to contemporary social, economic and political challenges in communities and/or organizations. Finally, the talk will address the need for policy programs to develop new methods to disseminate their work that engage new and emerging forms of media.

Raymond Codrington manages the Racial Equity Seminars at the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change. Before joining the Aspen Institute, Codrington served as the founding director of the Julian C. Dixon Institute for Cultural Studies and curator in the department of anthropology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He has also taught anthropology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase and held the Sandy Boyd Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change (CCUC) at the Field Museum in Chicago. He received a BA in government from the  University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is vice president of the Association of Black Anthropologists and a board member of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).

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