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Harper Distinguished Speaker Series

Annual lecture by a liberal arts leader


This annual free lecture series brings to Denver a prominent leader from a liberal arts field. Made possible, in part, by the Heber Harper Humanities Distinguished Lectureship Endowment.

We Gon' Be Alright | Race and Resegregation in Today's America
Presented by Jeff Chang

Thursday, April 13, 2017
University of Denver
Davis Auditorium (Room 248)
Sturm Hall
2000 E. Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208

Free. Light refreshments provided

Register below, or call 303-871-2425

5:30 p.m. — Reception (light appetizers)
7:00 p.m. — Lecture, We Gon' Be Alright | Race and Resegregation in Today's America, presented by Jeff Chang

changAfter a summer of unrest and tragedy—in Dallas, Minnesota, Baton Rouge, and across the nation—how can our communities heal? And with a new administration, what can we expect for race relations in a changing, polarized America? In this talk, Jeff Chang will discuss the thoughts and ideas set out in his new book, We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, which The Washington Post calls "the smartest book of the year." Chang explores the meaning of diversity in an era of racial and economic resegregation—the increasing division of black and white people across housing, education, and more—and examines ways in which America can be a thriving, prosperous and equitable place for all.

Chang is a social historian and the executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. He has written extensively on the intersection of race, art, and civil rights, and the socio-political forces that guided the hip-hop generation. His book, We Gon' Be Alright, questions why we keep talking about diversity as American society is resegregating, both racially and economically.

His previous book, Who We Be, tackles pertinent themes of multiculturalism, student and political activism, the state of the arts, and the politics of abandonment. His first book, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, is a cultural and social history, and a provocative look at the end of the American century. It has garnered many honors including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award.

Chang has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. He was named one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" by The Utne Reader. With H. Samy Alim, he was the 2014 winner of the St. Clair Drake Teaching Award at Stanford University. Chang also co-founded CultureStr/ke and ColorLines magazine, and was a senior editor/director at Russell Simmons' 360hiphop.com. He has written for The Nation, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Foreign Policy, N+1, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, Buzzfeed, and Medium, to name a few.