Issues of Race in America to be Discussed at Aspen Institute Symposium

April 15, 2015

Contact: Kiahna Cassell
The Aspen Institute

Issues of Race in America To Be Discussed at Aspen Institute Symposium
Dialogue open to the public and media

What: The Aspen Institute, in association with Comcast Corporation, will convene a morning of discussions entitled, The 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. Public discussions will focus on Policing in America after Ferguson and Garner, Data-Driven Discrimination, and Jobs for People of Color in the New Economy.

More information and a live-stream of key sessions will be available at:   

Who: Opening remarks delivered by David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and Charles M. Firestone, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program.  

Other speakers include:

  • Joaquin Alvarado, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  • Benjamin Crump, Attorney, Parks & Crump, LLC
  • Michael Fertik, Chief Executive Officer,
  • Edward Flynn, Chief of Police, Milwaukee Police Department
  • Ben Jealous, Partner, Kapor Center for Social Impact
  • Kim Keenan, Chief Executive Officer, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council
  • Earl Lewis, President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Richard Lui, News Anchor, MSNBC
  • Juan Williams, Political Analyst, Fox News

When: April 21, 2015 at 8:30AM – 1:00PM ET 

Where: The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 

Editor’s Note: Press and public can register at

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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