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The Idea of Race as a Political Strategy: Examples from American History

The Idea of Race as a Political Strategy: Examples from American History

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Noted historian and award-winning author Jacqueline Jones will deliver Dickinson’s annual Pflaum Lecture, “The Idea of Race as a Political Strategy: Examples from American History,” Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Stern Center, Great Room, 208 W. Louther St. It is free and open to the public.

In her talk, Jones will discuss how the idea of “race” has a history and how the concept of “racial difference” has been used by various groups over generations to advance their interests. She will ask why we continue to use “race” and its associated terms, like “race relations” and “biracial,” in contemporary dialogue. Jones is the Ellen C. Temple Chair in Women’s History and Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of “A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America” and numerous other books. Jones is the winner of several prestigious awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship.

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The Idea of Race as a Political Strategy: Examples from American History