Aspen Institute to Host Fourth Annual Symposium on The State of Race in America

March 17, 2014

Contact: Kiahna Cassell
Senior Project Manager
Communications and Society Program

Aspen Institute to Host Fourth Annual Symposium on The State of Race in America
Speakers include Mayor Michael Nutter, Tanner Colby and Cornell Belcher

 What: The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, in association with Comcast Corporation, will host the fourth annual Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America. The Symposium will explore new attitudes, opportunities, and challenges for and about people of color in 21st century America. The Symposium will touch on individual, cultural, institutional and structural causes of racial problems, looking towards new and viable solutions. 

The Symposium will feature three substantive panel sessions: Housing; Violence in Minority Communities; and News and Entertainment.

Speakers include:

  • Cornell Belcher, Political Analyst, CNN
  • Tanner Colby, Author, “Some of My Best Friends Are Black”
  • Lisa Hasegawa, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
  • Daniel Isom, Former Police Chief, St. Louis
  • Michael Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
  • Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, Survivor, Leader and Advocate

Moderators will be Fox News’ Juan Williams, Al Jazeera’s Ray Suarez, and MSNBC’s Richard Lui.

When: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm EDT

Where: The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

EDITORS’ NOTE: Space is limited to members of the press who RSVP.

To RSVP please fill out this form:

The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program serves as a non-partisan venue for global leaders and experts to exchange insights on the societal impact of advances in digital technology and network communications. It also creates a multidisciplinary space in the communications policy-making world where veteran and emerging decision-makers can explore new concepts and develop new policy networks.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit


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