April 9, 2007
'State of Race' to examine racial slurs in modern America
Emory’s seventh annual “State of Race” event on Wednesday, April 11 will examine one of the most volatile words in American culture with a discussion of what is and isn’t appropriate in terms of controversial language, most notably racial slurs. The event will feature Rev. Al Sharpton, Harvard law professor and author Randall Kennedy, and Emory Provost Earl Lewis. Emory linguistics lecturer Susan Tamasi will moderate.
A renowned orator, Sharpton has been a leader in civil rights battles for generations. He also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show and ran for president in 2004. Kennedy authored The New York Times bestseller “Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word.” They will be joined by Lewis, executive vice president for academic affairs and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies.
The event seeks to engage the Emory community and beyond in a dialogue on important social and political issues pertaining to race. The free event takes place from 7–8:30 p.m. in the Woodruff P.E. Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.