St. Ambrose series to highlight racial justice


DAVENPORT — However much Americans may want to believe otherwise, they do not live in a post-racial state. Conflict over race and racial disparities can be found in the workplace and in the criminal justice system, in schools, on national borders and across the globe.
During the 2012-13 academic year, St. Ambrose University will focus on racial justice as part of the university’s commitment to social justice. A yearlong project series, “Race Matters” will examine the pressing dilemmas and facilitate the difficult conversations, including the idea of race as an invention that serves the ideology of states and economies worldwide.
Events will include lectures, films, concerts, artistic performances and exhibits. All events are free unless otherwise indicated.
The series begins Sept. 17 with two events.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. a panel discussion on Race and the Constitution will be held in the Gottlieb Lounge in the Rogalski Center at St. Ambrose. This event is sponsored by the political science department.
That evening at 7 p.m. a lecture by Justin Dyer of the University of Missouri on Slavery and the American Constitution will be held in the Rogalski Center ballroom.
On Sept. 27 a reception begins at 5 p.m. and an artist lecture at 7 p.m. on Posing Beauty: African American Women in Photographic Art. Deborah Willis, exhibit curator and professor of photography at New York University will lead this lecture at the Figge Museum of Art, 225 W Second St., Davenport. Normal museum admission fees apply.
On Sept. 28 a lecture on Race Still Matters with Cornel West, Princeton University philosopher, author and civil rights activist, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Rogalski Center. This is a Baecke Endowment for the Humanities Lecture. Books will be available for purchase.
Other lectures and events will continue to run through May 2013. Visit and click on the Race Matters icon to see a full schedule of events.

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