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

April 1, 2011

Contact: Kiahna Williams
Senior Project Manager
Communications and Society Program

Featured panelists include Spike Lee, Michael Steele, and Janet Murguía

What: On April 11th the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, in association with Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change and Comcast Corporation, will host the inaugural Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America. The Symposium is intended to explore new attitudes, opportunities, and challenges for and about people of color in 21st century America. The event will touch on individual, cultural, institutional, and structural implications of race, presenting trends and exploring the impact of change in the context of the home, workplace, school, and the public sphere.

The Symposium will feature four substantive panel sessions: Family and Identity Factors; Political Factors; Institutional Factors: School, Work, Prison; and Media and Popular Culture.

When: Monday, April 11, 2011, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EDT

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

Panelists include:

  • Donna Brazile, managing director, Brazile & Associates LLC
  • Donna Byrd, publisher, The Root
  • Mona Eltahawy, columnist
  • Sunil Garg, president, Exelon Power, Exelon Corporation
  • Will Griffin, chief executive officer, Hip Hop on Demand
  • Daisy Khan, executive director, American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA)
  • Spike Lee, founder, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks
  • Julianne Malveaux, president, Bennett College
  • Janet Murguía, president, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
  • Al Sharpton, president, National Action Network
  • Michael Steele, former chairman, Republican National Committee

Moderators will be Juan Williams, Fox News, and Richard Liu, MSNBC.

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

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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 Roundtable on Community Change distills lessons about how to revitalize distressed communities, and helps policymakers, funders and practitioners develop effective strategies for promoting vibrant, racially-equitable communities in which all children and families have the same opportunity to succeed.


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