the new school launches 'race in the usa,' series of free public courses responding to race issues in real time

Featuring guest speakers Women’s March Organizer Linda Sarsour, Shanelle Matthews of Black Lives Matter Global Network, and author Lawrence Weschler

Invokes the legacy of The New School's landmark 1964 Voices of Crisis lecture series featuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mondays, Sept. 11-Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at The New School in New York City

The New School responds to race issues in real time with 'Race in the USA.'

NEW YORK, September 7, 2017 — The New School, a progressive New York City university, launches Race in the USA, a series of free public courses responding in real time to issues of race in the contemporary United States. The course is held every Monday through December 11 at 6 p.m. and airs on Livestream.

Convened at a time when white supremacy and neo-nazi groups have grown louder and calls for greater racial inclusion and fairness have grown stronger, the course brings together prominent scholars, experts, thought leaders, and activists to examine such issues as racial stratification, implicit bias, and the complex, intersectional relationships between race, gender, and class.

“The 2016 U.S. Presidential election revealed the stubborn persistence of bigotry in the United States, and demonstrated that race continues to play a significant, if changing, role in how we define our communities, develop our public policy, and shape our democratic institutions,” according to the course description.

Race in the USA features an all-star list of guest speakers — Women’s March Organizer Linda Sarsour (Sept. 11), Shanelle Matthews of Black Lives Matter Global Network (Oct. 2), and author Lawrence Weschler (TBD) — and is curated by prominent New School faculty members Maya Wiley, Michelle DePass, and Darrick Hamilton.

Following up on last year’s successful Post-Election America series at The New School, Race in the USA invokes the legacy of The New School's landmark 1964 Voices of Crisis: American Race Crisis lecture series featuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and advances the university's storied tradition of responding to urgent social issues in real time.

Through the course, members of The New School community will seek to answer such questions as "What is race and how do we understand it today?", "How are demographic shifts driving wedges between communities and/or fostering pluralism?," "How democratic is our pluralist society?", "What is the role of racial divides in fomenting political partisanship?" and "What impact does racialized discourse have on such issues as the social safety net, immigration, criminal justice, technology, voting, and urban policy?"

Race in the USA is sponsored by the Provost's Office and the 2017 Henry Cohen Lecture Series of The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School.

Founded in 1919, The New School was born out of principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Committed to social engagement, The New School today remains in the vanguard of innovation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students challenging the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The New School welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and calendar of lectures, screenings, readings, and concerts. Through its online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence. For more information, visit The New School's website.

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