Joe Feagin, a leading scholar on race and ethnic relations in the United States, will be the keynote speaker for Utah State University’s Diversity Week. The keynote address will be Monday, Oct. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center ballroom, followed by a book signing at 2:30 p.m. and a presentation geared specifically for university faculty at 4 p.m.Feagin will be speaking to both students and faculty about racism and ethnicity in the United States. Former president of the American Sociological Association and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Feagin has been involved in research regarding race and ethnicity for four decades, so it comes as no surprise that the USU community is elated at the opportunity to have him visit the campus.Even at a university, students have limited exposure to this level of content on race issues, said Moises Diaz, director of USU Multicultural Student Services.”Especially the modest number of individuals who specifically study race and ethnic relations as part of their academic program can benefit from the lecture. The years of preparation that Dr. Feagin brings to this presentation stand far above most sources the average person has access to on these topics.”Feagin has done countless research projects on a variety of racism and sexism issues, and his presentations are based on thousands of interviews with students and others across the country. He has published more than 50 books and 200 scholarly articles.”Dr. Feagin is one of the premier scholars on race and ethnic relations in the United States. His work continues to set the highest standard in the area of racial/ethnic relations,” Diaz said.Feagin has taught at several universities across the United States, including University of Massachusetts, University of Texas and University of Florida. In 2006, he was a recipient of the Harvard Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently, he is the Ella C. McFadden professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University.The lecture is sponsored by Multicultural Student Services along with the Office of the Provost and USU Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, and is free and open to the public.
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