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The Changing Terrain of Race and Ethnicity Conference
University of Illinois at Chicago
"The Changing Terrain of Race and Ethnicity," a conference
hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago's Department of Sociology,
the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, and Institute for Research
on Race and Public Policy, was a great success. The purpose of the
conference was to bring together prominent scholars who have been exploring
the common themes of transition and change in the areas of race and ethnicity.
The underlying theme of the conference stemmed from the observation that, as we begin the 21st century, it is difficult to survey the landscape of race and ethnicity—both the research and the reality—without recognizing that its meaning and significance have undergone fundamental shifts. While undoubtedly the vestiges of the earlier patterns and systems persist, we are now confronted with more subtle and complex causes and consequences associated with racial stratification, discrimination, and prejudice. This shift has become apparent for researchers who examine the patterns and causes of racial inequality across a range of social institutions, for those who focus attention on how people perceive and understand racial and ethnic groups, and for those who seek to understand race and ethnicity as a feature of identity and group formation. As such, our conference focused on four specific areas of the changing terrain of race and ethnicity: the intersection of race, ethnicity and gender; race and attitudes; changing social institutions; and changing racial boundaries.
Now, you can view highlights from that conference by clicking
on the pictures or links below.