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Asian American Heritage Observance Opening

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Storrs Campus
Gentry 131

During this election year, we will be examining Asian Americans and Political Engagement. Keynote Speaker Janelle Wong will address "Race and the Future of Asian American Politics."

Janelle Wong is Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland, where she is also Professor of American Studies.

Wong's advocacy work has focused on support for affirmative action and other Asian American issues. She has served as a guest commentator on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and NBC News and her opinion writing has been featured in national and local news media. She also was co-author of an amicus brief (“Brief of Political Science and Law Professors as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondents”) in the Shelby County vs. Holder voting rights case (2013). Wong grew up in Yuba City, CA and attended UCLA as an undergraduate.

Following the keynote there will be a Panel Discussion, moderated by Cathy Schlund-Vials, Director of UConn’s Asian & Asian American Studies Institute and Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies, with CT 35th Senate District hopeful Arlene Avery, Prof. Fred Lee, UConn Professor of Political Science, and Alok Bhatt, Legislative Analyst, CT Commission on Equity & Opportunity.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute.


Asian American Cultural Center (primary), Asian American Studies Institute, Careers for the Common Good, Center for Career Development, First Year Programs & Learning Communities, Honors Program, International Student & Scholar Services

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