University of Rochester

EVENT: Seminar on racial disparities in political participation

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in room 314 of Morey Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

October 6, 2006

Matthew Platt, a graduate student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester, will examine political policies and how race affects the disparities in participation rates. He argues that political participation, or non-voting forms of activity intended to have political impact, is different for black and white Americans. His lecture is titled "Opportunities for Inequality: Context and Racial Disparities in Political Participation."

Platt received a bachelor's degree in political science from Morehouse College, and is completing his work as a doctoral student at Rochester. His field of interest is in American politics with a focus on black politics. Platt's lecture is part of the Work in Progress Seminar series sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies at the University of Rochester.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Frederick Douglass Institute at (585) 275-7235.