An Impossible Dream – Lecture by Prof. Sharon Stanley

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 • 6:30 pm
  • Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall, Sam Fox School

November 16, 2017 | 6:30pm
Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall

We invite you to Professor Sharon Stanley’s lecture based on her recent book An Impossible Dream? Racial integration in the United States.

Prof. Stanley is the Dunavant Professor of Political Science at the University of Memphis. Her research engages critically with conceptions of racial integration in contemporary political, philosophical, and legal discourse.

Her book seeks to answer the question: “Is racial integration still a viable dream for black Americans in 2017?”  Professor Stanley argues that we need to rethink what racial integration actually means before we can answer this question.  Mere spatial mixing is not sufficient to dismantle the legacy of Jim Crow segregation.  Any worthwhile model of integration must also entail a radical transformation of whiteness and its attendant privileges.  Until clear indications exist that such a transformation could plausibly be achieved, black integration pessimism is a reasonable and defensible response to our political present.

Please note that parking is free along Forsyth after 5:30pm or you can park at the parking garage next to the Edison Theater.

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