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Rashawn Ray
Department of Sociology

Last modified: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Symposium at IU Bloomington features "new era" of race researchers

March 25, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Racism, in the context of such issues as institutions and society, crime and class, and ethnicity and multiple identities, will be the focus of symposium this weekend at Indiana University Bloomington. The symposium will feature sociology researchers from across the country.

Aldon Morris

Aldon Morris

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is titled "Social Research on Race: Building Bridges across the Academic Pipeline." It will take place on March 27-28 in the Stateroom East of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St.

"The symposium aims to highlight the pulse of current discussions on race in social scientific research and shed light on an array of scholars whose research will shape the field for years to come," said Quincy Thomas Stewart, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at IU Bloomington. "These scholars represent a small portion of a new era of race researchers who have tossed aside many traditional theories and methods in an effort to better identify the social mechanisms that maintain racial inequality -- and, potentially, the means to eradicate it."

A reception will be held Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave. Nine researchers, from California to Maryland, will begin making their research presentations Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the IMU. No registration is required. For more information, visit

The lunch keynote address will be given by Aldon Morris, Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and author of The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change. Morris is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious American Sociological Association Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award for "scholarship in service to social justice, with an eye toward advancing the status of disadvantaged populations."

The organizers hope the symposium will help facilitate a broader understanding of race and showcase Indiana University as a key proponent and active advocate for diversity and race relations in the broader sociology, academic and research communities.

For more information, contact Rashawn Ray at