EMU to celebrate International Year of People of African Descent with panelists, workshops

by Emily Vontom, Published October 13, 2011

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University's Department of African American Studies will celebrate the United Nations' International Year of People of African Descent on Oct. 20 at the Student Center. The celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a keynote address followed by a panel discussion luncheon and workshops. Activities are free and open to the public.

Joe R. Feagin, the Ella C. McFadden Professor at Texas A&M University, will deliver the keynote address, "African Americans Fighting Racism: Reality & Resistance."

A panel discussion with Eastern professors Ana M. Ferreira, Robert Perry, Liza Cerroni-Long and Nora M. Martin will discuss the "Causes and Consequences of Racism." The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Victor Okafor, department head of African American studies.

Workshops dealing with anti-racism strategies will start at 2:15 p.m. Topics include "The Racial History My Teachers Never Told Me," "Symbolic Racism and the Present Day African American Experience" and "The Rhetorical Condition of Racism."

LBC credit is available for Eastern students who wish to attend. For more information, please contact Dr. Victor Okafor at 734.487.3460 or vokafor@emich.edu.


Emily Vontom

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