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Sociologist Tyrone Forman to discuss “Is America Post Racial? Racial Apathy in the Age of Obama,” October 5, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Sociologist and Vassar alumnus Tyrone Forman ’92 will address the topic of “Is America Post Racial? Racial Apathy in the Age of Obama” in a talk on Tuesday, October 5, at 6:00pm. Free and open to the public, the program will take place in Taylor Hall, room 203.

Tyrone Forman is associate professor of sociology at Emory University and co-director of Emory’s Race and Difference Initiative, a university-wide initiative that fosters new knowledge, teaching, and public dialogue focused on race and intersecting dimensions of human difference (e.g., gender, class, religion, and sexuality). He holds degrees from Vassar College, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan, where he completed his Ph.D. in sociology. His scholarly interests span inter-group prejudice and discrimination, comparative race and ethnic relations, American youth and public opinion, health & well-being, and survey research methods.  

Forman’s work has appeared in many leading social science journals, including Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Discourse and Society, Race and Society, Perspectives on Social Problems, Youth and Society, American Journal of Sociologyamong others. His research has received support from the Russell Sage Foundation, National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. A past visiting fellow at the Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University (2003-2004), he was recently awarded the prestigious Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship in 2010-2011(nicknamed by selection chair Henry Louis Gates Jr. as the “Guggenheims for race issues”) to support his research on comparative race and ethnic relations. He is currently Book Review Editor for the Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race and also serves on the editorial board of Social Problems.

This lecture is presented at Vassar by the Office of Campus Life with support from Africana Studies, American Culture, Sociology.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, September 21, 2010