BLOOMINGTON, IN -- The next event in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center's "Critical Issues Forum" series at Indiana University Bloomington will have the theme, "The Obama Presidency at Midterm: The Perils and Prospects of a 'Post-Racial' Presidency."
|Khalil Muhammad will be one of the panelists.|
In advance of the Nov. 2, midterm elections, the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center is presenting the forum next Thursday (Oct. 27) in collaboration with the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. It will begin at 7 p.m. in room 152 of the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.
The forum will bring together a diverse group of IU faculty and students from a range of academic areas and perspectives to discuss the first two years of President Barack Obama's presidency.
Participants will include:
Also participating will be students Lynette Anigbo, Michael Coleman, Sekou Kante and Kalemwork Tiriku-Shotts. The forum will be an interactive dialogue among the participants and the audience.
A key question during the discussion will be whether the media and public discourse have attempted to define the Obama presidency in racial terms.
"We are witnessing the height of a trend that more typically identifies racism as only something that blacks like Obama do to whites," Johnson said.
The forum will provide an opportunity to examine such issues as well as assess the Obama administration's accomplishments and prospects in this highly charged political environment.
Audrey T. McCluskey, director of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center and associate professor African American and African diaspora studies, will moderate the forum.
A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.