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The Race Question and the American Experience

Friday, May 24, 2019
10:15am – 11:45am

Repeats weekly until 05/31/2019.

Depot Campus

Come learn with the Center for Learning in Retirement and Jerry Phillips, Associate Professor of English, UConn

Geneticist Daniel J. Fairbanks says every human “is related by common ancestry, and ultimately, everyone is African”. If he is right, as most scientists agree he is, how did we lose sight of our fundamental relatedness and come to perceive supposedly distinct and definite “races”? Why is “race” the first thing we see in a person? If, as has been argued, race is a social construct, how and why was it constructed, and how might we deconstruct it? Can we imagine a world on the other side of race? This course addresses the race question in all the content of its centrality to American culture and history. Race has shaped the American character in innumerable ways.

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