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Lecture on the impact of color-blind narratives

November  26, 2012

Dr. Meghan Burke, a professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, will give a lecture on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 17 of Carlsson Evald Hall (3601 7th Ave.). The free public lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Pluralism and the Civil Sphere at Augustana College, with funding from the Institute for Leadership and Service.

In her lecture, “Racing Left and Right: How Color-Blind Narratives Impact Activists Across the Political Spectrum,” Dr. Burke will discuss how the ideology of a color-blind society is not only evident among conservatives, but also can be seen among liberals, including people who are quite politically active. She also will explore the nature of the racial formation of the United States nearly a half century after the major successes of the civil rights movement and in the immediate aftermath of President Obama’s re-election.

Dr. Burke received her doctorate from Loyola University, with research interests including racial discourse and white racial identity. Her first book, Racial Ambivalence in Diverse Communities, was published in 2012. Currently she is working on a second book, about the Tea Party movement, as she tries to better understand what brings people to the movement and how this movement speaks to issues of local and national concern for its members.

Keri Rursch
Director of Public Relations
(309) 794-7721
kerirursch@augustana.edu