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The Arts, Religion, and the Shaping of Culture 
Race and Ethnicity: Social Change through Public Awareness
16 Oct - 16 Oct, 1999
 China and the Global Community

Faculty:
Njabulo Ndebele (Chair) - Resident scholar, Ford Foundation, New York; former vice-chancellor and principal of the University of the North in Sovenga, South Africa
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - Research Fellow, Race and Human Rights, Institute for Public Policy Research; Author; Journalist, The Independent and The Guardian, London
Shyam Benegal - Filmmaker, Mumbai, India
Lani Guinier - Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Helen Kivnick - Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
Samuel Ruiz Garcia  
Gloria Smith  
Ronald Takaki - Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Additional Session Support:
Astrid Hendricks-Smith (Resource Specialist)  
Octavia Hudson (Resource Specialist)  
Marvin McKinney (Resource Specialist)  

Abstract:
Ethnic and racial diversity exists in virtually every society, and, within these societies, there are minority groups that suffer discrimination. In some countries, legal barriers are erected to prevent equality; in others, a democratic system can often mask social and cultural barriers that exclude minority groups from many of the benefits a society may have to offer. One way to help overcome these barriers is to heighten public awareness and understanding of racial and ethnic minorities through mass communication, such as advertising, print or electronic media, the internet, and through the arts, including film, theater, music. Acknowledging the pervasive influence and the transformative potential of the media and the arts at all levels of modern society, this session will explore strategies for increasing public consciousness of and sensitivity to minority issues in societies around the world, and ways in which this heightened awareness can effect positive change both in terms of social attitudes and public policy. The session will seek to provide practical advice to individuals involved in advancing racial and ethnic understanding at the local, national, and regional level.

Session Faculty

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
 

 
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27 Mar - 01 Apr, 2007
(Session 440)
 


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