Category Africana Studies

Rogers Smith

The U.S. Constitution and the Battle Over Racial Equality Today

Social Sciences Forum
Wednesday, September 17 | 4:30 p.m.
Rogers M. Smith, Associate Dean for the Social Sciences and Chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism
Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th floor

The author of seven books on citizenship and equality in the United States, including one that was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History, Dr. Smith will address why America’s political leaders avoid discussing racial policies, even as many forms of racial inequality persist and deepen. Smith argues that the United States is profoundly divided between two rival conceptions of civic equality–but that common ground may be found in the bold views of the Constitution’s purposes advanced by Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. (Click heading for full description.)

Anthony Appiah

The Honor Code

Humanities Forum
Monday, October 20 | 5:00 p.m.
Daphne Harrison Lecture
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Philosopher, Cultural Theorist and Novelist
Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre

Philosophers spend lots of time thinking about what is right and wrong, and some time thinking about how to get people to see what is right and wrong—but almost no time thinking about how to get them to do what they know is right. Anthony Appiah has spent the last decade thinking about what it takes to turn moral understanding into moral behavior. In this talk, he explores one of the keys to real moral revolution: mobilizing the social power of honor and shame to change the world for the better. (Click heading for full description.)

Evelynn M Hammonds

W.E.B. Du Bois and the Challenge to Scientific Racism

Social Sciences Forum
Wednesday, November 12 | 7:00 p.m.
Evelynn M. Hammonds, Director of the Program for the Study of Race & Gender in Science & Medicine at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University
University Center Ballroom

A renowned researcher and author on the history of disease, on the analysis of race, gender and science, and on African-American women and the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, Dr. Hammonds will discuss the ever evolving intersection of scientific, medical, anthropological, and socio-political concepts of race in the United States from the early nineteenth century to present day. (Click heading for full description.)

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