Opening Plenary Session. Equality
August 16, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (MDT) - Hyatt Regency Denver
From the ASA's Annual Meeting Website:
At the core of the idea of real utopias is the problem of realizing ideals of social justice, and in one way or another, these ideals are always bound up with questions about equality. Equality is also part of the normative context for one of the central preoccupations of sociology - understanding the causes and consequences of diverse forms of inequality, especially class, gender and race. This first plenary, then, will examine various issues connecting equality and real utopias.
At the opening of the plenary, there will be a 30-minute spoken word performance on social justice and real utopias by students from the First Wave Spoken Word and Hip Hop Arts Learning Community, a cutting edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"Real Begets Real" -- a performance based scholarship using the unfiltered narrative structure of spoken-word in which First Wave Scholars deconstruct social realities that challenge the success of a "real utopia" through the lens of personal experiences. Representing diverse urban communities in the USA, these artist scholars seek to exemplify the possibility of "real utopias" by valuing partnerships, responding to realities and building collaboratively as they aspire to create a new space where individuality, personal and corporate responsibility contribute to a common good.
Click here for the live feed broadcasted from the American Sociological Association.
Check out AAPF's Interrogating Colorblindness Project, one of AAPF's many groundbreaking projects highlighted by Crenshaw tonight!