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The Altman Symposium is the final event in the 2021-2022 Altman Program, which has invited the Miami University community to explore the persistence of racism in its cultural, political, and institutional forms. What is the history of race as an idea and a social category? How did it transform systems of law, administration, and representation into vehicles for subjugating entire groups of people? How does racism work today? What is its relation to systems of caste and meritocracy? To citizenship and mobility? How can emerging humanities scholarship help us interrogate its evolution and frustrating persistence? And what measures can we take to create a more inclusive and equitable society?

5:00 p.m. Keynote Lecture 1: Lorgia Garcia-Peña- "Translating Blackness"

Dr. Peña is Mellon Professor of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora at Tufts University.

  • Dr. Ann Elizabeth Armstrong
  • Ms. Alicia Castillo Shrestha
  • Dr. Joseph O'Neil

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