The election of Barack Obama to the US presidency in 2008 seemed to signal a shift in the way we talk and think about race in the US. For many, it meant the opportunity to broach the topic of race more openly, even when that included addressing claims of a “post-racial” America. Now that Obama’s presidency has ended, conversations about race continue to dominate. Join writer and professor Kim Singletary in a conversation that explores the challenges and benefits of this shift in national racial consciousness and asks us to consider the ways that we are more or less reluctant to discuss race with our family, friends and strangers. The conversation will also touch on best practices for encouraging constructive “race talks” within participants’ communities.
This Conversation Project is made possible by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.