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UT’s Department of Sociology will host a conference April 27­–29 addressing some of the most pressing current issues surrounding racial inequality in the United States.

The three-day conference, New Directions in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, will bring nationally and internationally recognized scholars to the UT campus.

The conference is free and open to the public but registration is required. Sessions will be held at the Panhellenic Building and the UT College of Law.

The conference inaugurates the Department of Sociology’s new academic concentration area in critical race and ethnic studies.

Critical race theory has transformed academic, political, and general national discussions about the contentious issues of race and racism. Keynotes for the conference will feature many of the biggest names in the critical race theory movement, including founders Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, Duke University Professor and American Sociological Association President Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, nationally recognized immigration expert Tanya Golash-Boza, and renowned intersectionality scholar Mary Romero. 

The conference will highlight topics including race and the 2016 presidential election, trends on immigration and enforcement, the meaning and impact of the Black Lives Matter movement, race, and schooling.

Additional conference sponsors are the College of Arts and Sciences; the Office of the Provost; Ready for the World; the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences; the College of Law; the Africana Studies program; and the Departments of Psychology, Political Science, and Anthropology.

Information about the conference, including registration, is available online


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