"Racism vs. Xenophobia" event on March 13

Racism and xenophobia have long shaped the circumstances under which people emigrate, as well as the opportunities and constraints facing immigrants and their communities. Explore this topic at a presentation and discussion to be held 3-5 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Global REM, in conjunction with the European Studies Consortium, will sponsor "Racism vs. Xenophobia: Transatlantic Perspectives," with a scholarly presentation, discussion, and reception following the event.

The event pairs two scholars from different disciplines: a sociologist, Michele Lamont (Harvard University), whose work has focused on racism and xenophobia both in France and the U.S., and a linguist, Ruth Wodak, who focuses on racism and xenophobia in political discourse in Europe. Each presenter will speak for 20-25 minutes, with the presentations followed by conversation between the two scholars and the audience. A reception follows.

Speakers will be:

Michele Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and Professor of Sociology and African and African-American Studies, Harvard University.

Ruth Wodak, Dr. Habil Distinguished Professor and Chair in Discourse Studies, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University.