The Challenge of Racial Inequality in a Post-Racial World

Race, Rights and Public Policy in the Age of Obama

March 26, 2010, and March 27, 2010, Rutgers University and Princeton University

The election of Barack Obama as the President of the United States throws into
sharp relief the ongoing challenges of civil rights and social justice. Join scholars
from Princeton and Rutgers as they engage in a scholarly conversation that assesses
the Obama administration’s approach to racial and ethnic inequalities. This unique
and exciting academic gathering seeks to explore the tensions and contradictions at
the heart of the election of the first African-American U.S. President. Themes will
focus on the areas of voting rights/civil rights, crime and punishment, immigration/
social policy and economic inequality, and educational attainment and access.

Invited speakers include: Roland Anglin, Pat Carr, Thomas Epenshade, Keesha Middlemass, Imani Perry, Beth Rubin, Kira Sanbonmatsu, Thomas Sugrue and Cornel West.

Friday’s session will be held in the Assembly Room in Winants Hall, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. (Directions)

Saturday’s sessions will be held in Robertson Hall, Princeton University, Princeton.  

Friday, March 26: Rutgers University
Assembly Room, Winants Hall

11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
Plenary #1:  Media Coverage of Race and Public Policy
Todd Johnson ( News), Christopher Rabb (Afronetizen); Deepa Kumar (Moderator)

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Panel #1 : Educational Attainment and Access
Roland Anglin (Rutgers), Tom Espenshade (Princeton), Jamie Lew (Rutgers); Al Tillery (Moderator; Rutgers)

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Panel #2 : Economic Inequality
Christina Greer (Fordham), Niki Dickerson (Rutgers), Michael K. Brown (UC-Santa Cruz), Dorian Warren (Columbia); Keith Wailoo (Moderator; Rutgers)

Saturday, March 27:  Princeton University
Robertson Hall

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Bowl 16
Panel #1:  Civil Rights and Representation
Khalilah Brown-Dean (Yale), Imani Perry (Princeton), Kira Sanbonmatsu (Rutgers), Al Tillery (Rutgers), Amy Lerman (Princeton); Tali Mendelberg (Moderator; Princeton)
10:45 AM to 12:00 Noon, Bowl 16
Panel #2:  Crime and Punishment
Jeannine Bell (Indiana University/Princeton), Pat Carr (Rutgers), Marie Gottshalk (University of Pennsylvania), Keesha Middlemass (Rutgers); Lisa Miller (Moderator; Rutgers)
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, Dodds Auditorium
Closing Plenary:  Activism in the Age of Obama
Dennis Parker (ACLU), Thomas Sugrue (University of Pennsylvania), Cornel West (Princeton); Paul Frymer (Moderator; Princeton)

This event is cosponsored with the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Rutgers University