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

March 26, 2012  • Alexa Wahl

Contact: Kiahna Williams
Senior Project Manager
Communications and Society Program
[email protected]

Featured panelists include Touré, Karen Narasaki, and Jose Antonio Vargas
Moderators will be Juan Williams, Fox News, and Jose Diaz-Balart, Telemundo

What: On April 9th the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, in association with Comcast Corporation, will host the second 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 five substantive panel sessions: Political Factors, the Latino Vote, the New American Identity, Education, and News Media.

When: Monday, April 9, 2012, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EDT

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

Panelists include:

  • James Jackson, Director of the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
  • Charles Blow, Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times
  • Karen Narasaki, President, Asian American Justice Center
  • Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Maria Cardona, Democratic Strategist and Principal, Dewey Group
  • Leslie Sanchez, Author and Political Analyst
  • Maria Teresa Kumar, Executive Director, Voto Latino
  • Michael Scherer, White House Correspondent, TIME Magazine
  • Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder, Define American
  • Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez, Director, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University
  • Touré, Author, “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness”
  • Kurt Schmoke, Dean, Howard Law School and former Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, DC Public Schools
  • Ruben Navarrette, Columnist, Washington Post Writers Group
  • Antoine Sanfuentes, DC Bureau Chief, NBC News

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

To RSVP please fill out this form:

Watch the LIVE WEBCAST on Monday at On Twitter? The hashtag is #stateofrace

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.


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