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Sunday Forum: Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories
February 24 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Presenter: Dr. Joan Ferrante, Ph.D., retired professor of sociology, Northern Kentucky University
The Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories Project was developed by Joan Ferrante to draw on the transformative power of the arts to tell a neglected story about race — that the racial categories we so routinely check were created and institutionalized without regard for biological, family, ancestral, romantic and other ties. A review of this history reveals that dividing people into racial categories required the most intimate of bonds be severed.
In these forums, Joan highlights the works of creative and performing artists (theatre, ceramics, dance, poetry) that gives expression to this neglected and unacknowledged history of racial categories. In the process, the presentations prompt audiences to mourn the creation of racial categories.
Part two of two-part series (February 17 and 24).
About Joan Ferrante
Joan Ferrante, Ph.D., is the author of Sociology: A Global Perspective and Seeing Sociology: An Introduction, and she co-authored/edited The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity in the United States (second edition) with Prince Brown Jr. Her most recent book is Places That Matter: Knowing Your Neighborhood Through Data.
Joan is the founder and director of The Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories Project, which just completed the second of four films in a documentary series of the same name.