Does Race (Still Matter)

The U.S. and Brazil appear to be approaching a temporal crossroad on race and affirmative action. While the myth of racial democracy has loosened its grip in Brazil and opened up unprecedented opportunities for Afro-Brazilians, post-racialism is becoming a powerful force in the US, undermining the future of social inclusion programs. What can advocates for racial equality in the two countries learn from each other? How can transnational cooperation between governments and civil society advance racial justice in the two Americas? Come hear leading voices in the Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial Discrimination (“JAPER”) in the US and Brazil.

A panel discussion with:

Daniel Teixeria Staff Lawyer and Projects Coordinator at the Research Center on Labor Relations and Inequality; former Co-Chair for the Civil Society (JAPER) “Demystifying Racial Democracy in Brazil”

Maria Aparecida Silva Bento Executive Director of the Research Center on Labor Relations and Inequality; Associate Researcher at the University of Sao Paulo; “Quantifying Employment Discrimination in Brazilian Banks”

Clarence Lusane Professor of Political Science in the School of International Service at American University; Co-Chair for the Civil Society (JAPER) “Afro-Brazilians and the Continuing Struggle for Racial Equality”

Kimberlé Crenshaw Professor of Law at Columbia & UCLA Law School; former Fulbright Chair for Latin America; Co-Chair for the Civil Society (JAPER) “Framing Joint Action in the Matrix of Colorblindness and Racial Democracy”

Monday, September 27th, 2010 ∙ 6pm Columbia Law School ∙ Greene Hall, Room 103 Reception to Follow: Columbia Law School ∙ Case Lounge ∙ 7:30pm