Westminster Presents a Lecture on “Race, Class, Gender and the Elections” as Part of the 2008-09 Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture Series

Dr. John Jackson Jr. explores how these issues have played out during the presidential elections

SALT LAKE CITY – As part of the 2008-09 Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture Series, Westminster College is pleased to host a lecture on “Race, Class, Gender and the Elections” by Dr. John Jackson Jr. on Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vieve Gore Concert Hall in the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory.

The 2008 presidential election season, including the primaries, has brought the nation’s attention to some ways in which we express—and suppress—discussions of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and age in connection with national politics. Educator, filmmaker and author Dr. John Jackson Jr. will explore how issues of race, class and gender have played out during the presidential election. How far have we come? Will this election serve as a turning point, providing evidence for what has long been claimed—that all citizens really do have the opportunity to become president of the United States?

Jackson’s publications include Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America, Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity, and Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness. He is the Richard Perry University Associate Professor of Anthropology and Communication in the Department of Anthropology and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a discussion with the audience. For more information, visit www.westminstercollege.edu/cultural_events.

WHO: John Jackson Jr., PhD

WHAT: “Race, Class, Gender and the Elections” lecture and discussion

WHERE: Westminster College
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT

WHEN: Sept. 15, 2008
7:30 p.m.

About the Bastian Foundation:

The 2008-2009 Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture Series at Westminster College is sponsored by the B.W. Bastian Foundation. The Foundation, established in 1996 by Bruce Bastian, strives to build community and understanding by supporting local and national
institutions. Financial support is directed at artistic, educational, and cultural programs. A strong commitment is placed on programs and organizations that benefit, encourage, and preserve the rights of individuals and promote equality for the gay and lesbian community.

About Westminster College:

Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster’s unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience. For more information visit www.westminstercollege.edu.