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17:30 - 19:30 6 February 2014

Book Launch: Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post-Racial America

Location

Lecture Theater 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Mark Ledwidge, Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University
Kevern Verney, Professor, Edge Hill University

Mark Ledwidge (Canterbury Christ Church University) and Kevern Verney (Edge Hill University) will speak on the book they have co-edited with Inderjeet Parmar (City University), Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post-Racial America (Routledge 2013).

They discuss how the book examines the historical, cultural and political dimensions of race in the United States, using an interdisciplinary analysis that incorporates approaches from history, political science, and sociology. They also consider the controversial issues addressed in the book, notably whether Obama can be considered an African-American president, whether his presidency actually delivered the kind of deep-rooted racial changes initially prophesied, and whether Obama has abandoned his core African-American constituency in favour of projecting a race-neutral approach designed to maintain centrist support.


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Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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