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Race and Politics in the Age of Barack Obama

Many observers declared the November 2008 election of Barack Obama the advent of a post-racial era in American politics. In the past year, however, race has become an increasing topic of political speculation, organizing, and meaning.

Acclaimed associate professor at Princeton University and award-winning author, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Ph.D., will present a lecture, "The Changing Politics of Race in the Age of Barack Obama," on Monday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Memorial Chapel at Albright College.

This lecture, the first in a series sponsored by the Higher Education Council of Berks County (HECBC), looks at both the 2008 campaign and the first year of the Obama administration as a lens for understanding the changing and complicated meanings of race in contemporary American politics.

Harris-Lacewell teaches innovative and thought-provoking classes in politics and African-American studies at Princeton University. She is the author of the award-winning book, Barbershops, Bible, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, (Princeton 2004), and is currently working on Sister Citizen: A Text for Colored Girls Who've Considered Politics When Being Strong Wasn't Enough (forthcoming, Yale University Press).

She is a regular guest on MSNBC, The Rachel Maddow Show, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. For more information on Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Ph.D., visit her online at http://www.melissaharrislacewell.com/.

The lecture is made possible by the academic affairs offices of the five HECBC institutions: Albright College, Alvernia University, Kutztown University, Penn State Berks, and Reading Area Community College.

Memorial Chapel is located on the Albright College campus at 13th & Union Streets, Reading. For more information or disabled assistance, please call the Academic Affairs office at Albright College at 610-921-7643.

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