Category American 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.)

Helen Zia

Civil Rights, Asian Americans and Marriage Equality: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Humanities Forum
Wednesday, November 19 | 6:00 p.m.
Helen Zia, Author and Former Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine
University Center, Room 312

50 years after the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed, Americans are more diverse than those lawmakers could have imaged. Through personal stories from her experiences as an Asian American, feminist and LGBT writer and activist, Helen Zia explores what other evils are lurking as “minorities” become the majority in these contemporary times that some call “post-Civil Rights,” and she considers the opportunities for all communities to move forward together. (Click heading for full description.)

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