May 9, 2011

Speech on race, radicalism, repression kicks off conference

Standing at the Crossroads: Why Race, Radicalism, and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond Matter Now is the title of the keynote address that will kick off a May 12-14 conference, “Race, Radicalism and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond.”

The keynote speaker is George Lipsitz, professor of black studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He will explore how the history of race, radicalism, and repression on the Pacific Coast and beyond can help us comprehend and contest contemporary racialized regimes of repression, security, and counter- subversion. The talk will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in 210 Kane. It is free and open to the public.

Lipsitz is the author of more than ten books, including A Life in the Struggle, Time Passages, Dangerous Crossroads, Rainbow at Midnight, The Possessive Investment in Whiteness, American Studies in a Moment of Danger, and How Racism Takes Place.

The conference is hosted by the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at UW.