Racial Reconciliation & the Future of Race in America

Doors at 6 PM, Talk at 7 PM. Join us for a conversation with Alondra Nelson (President, Social Sciences Research Council), and Herman Gray (Emeritus Professor of Sociology), moderated by Jenny Reardon, Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz. The racially charged moment we are living through in the U.S. comes with tremendous danger, but also with great opportunity. The dangers are obvious— blatantly racist statements by our president, the emboldenment of white supremacist movements, the rampant loss of black life at the hands of the police, the demonizing of immigrants, rampant Islamophobia and so on. Yet it is a time of tremendous opportunity—with the most racially diverse Congress ever, a diverse pool of Presidential candidates, growing national discussions about reparations for slavery, vibrant grassroots movements for racial justice emerging across the country. There have also been some remarkable efforts in recent years to try to come to terms with the shame of America’s racially oppressive history and move forward on more firm footing for racial justice.


Limited number of free tickets for students available.

Contact Joni White at joni@ucsc.edu for more information.


Co-Sponsored by:



Innerlight Ministries

Science & Justice Research Center

Institute for Social Transformation

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 6:00pm

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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