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UR leader takes key step on diversity

UR leader takes key step on diversity

November 24, 2015

Change is rarely quick or simple. Someone must identify a problem and illuminate the issue for others before discussion of a solution can begin.

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UR’s Seligman to form commission on race

UR’s Seligman to form commission on race

November 23, 2015

Saying it’s clear that the climate on campus is not all that it should be, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman announced Monday that he is forming a Commission on Race and Diversity.

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UR students issue demands to Seligman

UR students issue demands to Seligman

November 21, 2015

Chanting “if we don’t get it, shut it down,” about 100 UR students marched Friday from the Frederick Douglass Leadership House to college president Joel Seligman’s office to deliver a list of demands.

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Missouri would likely be alone with 10 percent black faculty

Missouri would likely be alone with 10 percent black faculty

November 17, 2015

If the University of Missouri succeeds in meeting a student demand for a faculty that’s 10 percent black in two years, it will likely be alone among its peers.

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Noted critic Gerald Early to speak on culture, race

Noted critic Gerald Early to speak on culture, race

September 24, 2015

Gerald Early is not one to shy away from controversy, using the power of the pen to write about American culture and issues of race.

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At Ontario Beach, a carousel with suspect imagery

At Ontario Beach, a carousel with suspect imagery

July 16, 2015

But for all of that time, a panel atop the spinning carousel has featured a painting with crude racial caricatures of two black children. Though plainly visible to anyone who looked, the panel has been largely unnoticed and unremarked upon — until now.

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Book looks at civil rights through Poitier’s films

Book looks at civil rights through Poitier’s films

April 18, 2015

At a time when the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s changed the face of America, Sidney Poitier was probably the most visible black actor in the movie industry. In a new book, The Poitier Effect: The Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation, University of Rochester professor Sharon Willis maintains that while Poitier’s films provide a lens for viewing the possibilities of improved race relations, this perspective doesn’t tell the whole story.

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<i>The Poitier Effect</i>: New book by film scholar examines ‘change without change’

The Poitier Effect: New book by film scholar examines ‘change without change’

April 6, 2015

Sir Sidney Poitier became a cultural icon in the 1950s as the first black actor to break racial barriers in film. But as art and art history professor Sharon Willis argues in her new book, his image on screen creates a false sense of equality that continues to appear in the popular media and remains damaging to race relations today.

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Panel focuses on racial equality at YWCA event

Panel focuses on racial equality at YWCA event

April 28, 2014

More than 400 community members and leaders gathered in the ballroom of the Rochester Plaza Hotel to discuss the challenges of achieving racial equity.

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Symposium explores trouble with ‘Post-Blackness’

Symposium explores trouble with ‘Post-Blackness’

April 8, 2014

The Humanities Project presents a symposium in which 16 distinguished scholars will discuss what it means to be black in the 21st century.

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