Can We Talk Honestly About Race?

A part of "Renewing America’s Civic Compact" 
The Civic Discourse Project
 (2021-2022)

Is it possible to have honest conversations about race today? Is free speech and the open exchange of ideas possible amidst the tensions surrounding racial issues on university campuses and in American society at large? This program proposes to bring to campus academics and public intellectuals to engage in frank discussions about the issues of race in America today The goal of this program is to have an honest conversation about race that provides the audience with a range of views on crucial issues, including perspectives that may not have been included in other events or programs on campus. 

The program is co-sponsored by ASU’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Upcoming lectures

What Are the Causes of Racial Disparities in Contemporary America? with Glenn Loury and Khalil Gibran Muhammad


In this lecture, Dr. Glenn Loury will introduce a theory of persistent social and economic disparities between racial groups meant to apply to the historical circumstances of the United States. The central argument rests on a distinction between racial bias in the treatment of persons in their individual economic transactions, and racial bias in the social relations among persons in their everyday lives. This perspective points toward a radically different program of policy interventions needed to reduce racial disparities -- shifting the focus from one of fighting against discrimination to one of promoting the human development of the disadvantaged. Dr. Khalil Gibran Mohammad responds.

Date: Monday, November 15 at 5 p.m.
Location: Turquoise, Memorial Union 220

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This program is part of the larger series of the 2021-2022 Civic Discourse Project, Renewing America’s Civic Compact. 

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