11th Annual Korenman Lecture - Deepa Iyer
Thursday, March 8, 2018 · 4 PM - 5:15 PM
"Becoming Bridge-Builders and Disrupters: Navigating Racial and Gender Realities in America Today"
America is becoming a nation in which communities of color will comprise the majority population by 2040. This dramatic demographic shift creates a historic opportunity to address the long-standing racial and gender inequities in our nation. At the same time, these demographic changes are accompanied by an increase in racial anxiety, backlash, Islamophobia, and xenophobia. How can we understand these two simultaneous phenomena? How are communities and institutions grappling with them? How do we build learning environments that recognize and acknowledge the racial realities of a changing America?
Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American writer, lawyer, and racial justice advocate. Iyer’s areas of expertise include the post 9/11 America experiences of South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh immigrants, national security and immigration policies, and racial equity and solidarity practices. Iyer is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion and a member of the 2017 Soros Equality Fellows cohort.
In conjunction with our Korenman Lecture this year, Deepa Iyer will also be giving two related workshops:
- The student workshop on countering Islamophobia will be on March 7th from 12-1:15pm in Commons 331
- The faculty workshop on the pedagogical approaches to allyship will be on March 7th from 3-4:15pm in Fine Arts 011
Co-Sponsored by: the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Office of the Provost, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Women’s Center and the Departments of: Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Global Studies, Media and Communication Studies, and Modern Languages and Linguistics and Intercultural Communication.