Vision Series Lecture: Fauntroy on Racial Politics

Posted: November 23, 2009 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: November 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm

vs_fauntroyBarack Obama’s election as president of the United States has had a profound impact on discussions of race and politics. Many on all sides of the ideological spectrum now conclude that America’s racial problems are in our collective rear-view mirror and continuing to discuss them is merely beating a dead horse.

In a Visions Series lecture on Monday, Dec. 7, Michael K. Fauntroy, assistant professor in Mason’s School of Public Policy, will examine the concept of a “post-racial” America — what it means and its potential impact on American politics.

Fauntroy’s talk, “Racial Politics in a ‘Post-Racial’ America,” will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

Fauntroy teaches courses in civil rights policy, urban policy and American government. Prior to joining the faculty at Mason in 2002, he was an analyst in American national government at the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

At CRS, he provided research and consultations for members and committees of Congress. From 1993 to 1996, he was a civil rights analyst at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he conducted research on major civil rights issues.

Fauntroy is the author of the 2007 book, “Republicans and the Black Vote,” in which he analyzes the historical relationship between African Americans and the GOP. He is also the author of “Home Rule or House Rule? Congress and the Erosion of Local Governance in the District of Columbia.” He is currently researching a book to be titled “Going, Going, Gone? The Push and Pull of Federal Civil Rights Enforcement.”

A fourth-generation Washingtonian who received his MA and PhD degrees from Howard University, Fauntroy still resides in Washington, D.C.

This lecture is free, but tickets are required. See the Center for the Arts web site for more information.

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