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A Series of Unfortunate Events? UF Law Forum Takes a Look at Race

Published: February 26th, 2007

Category: News

A series of several high-profile incidents in recent months—from Mel Gibson’s anti- Semitic meltdown to more serious cases involving the fatal undercover police killings of groom-to-be Sean Bell and an 88- year-old grandmother, Kathryn Johnston— have again brought attention to the subject of racial issues.

These events also will serve as the launching point for discussion at a forum entitled “A Series of Unfortunate Events? A Look at Race,” from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR), the event will be held in Holland Hall room 355B on the law school campus.

Panelists include Milagros Peña, director of the Center For Women’s Studies and Gender Research and associate professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at UF; Faye Harrison, professor of African American Studies and Anthropology at UF and author of Resisting Racism and Xenophobia: Global Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Human Rights; Yuko Fujino, a doctoral student in the UF Department of Sociology whose teaching and research interests include U.S. racial and ethnic relations; and UF Law Professor Kenneth Nunn, whose teaching and research focuses on criminal law and African Americans and law.

Jabari Asim, a syndicated columnist, deputy editor of The Washington Post Book World, and author of the forthcoming The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t and Why, will give the keynote. Florida State Senator Anthony C. Hill, Sr. will make opening remarks.

The Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations is an academic research and resource center committed to de-stigmatizing race in America. The center’s objective is to foster communities of dialogue while embracing historically and empirically based thinking, talking, teaching, and writing on race. The center creates and supports programs designed to enhance race-related curriculum development for faculty, staff and students in collegiate and professional schools.

A reception will immediately follow the event. For more information, contact the center at or 273-0614.

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