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Arizona State University: Racism, Race and the Dignity of our Individuality
February 25, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
On February 25, 2022, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University, a JMC partner program, hosted Kmele Foster and Karen Attiah for the third and final discussion in its series, “Can We Talk Honestly About Race?”:
In the third and final event in the series, co-founder and executive producer of Freethink Kmele Foster will discuss “The World We Want to Live In: Racism, Race and the Dignity of our Individuality.” Foster will consider the elements of a racially just future and how he thinks we could achieve it. His lecture will be an exploration of race, identity, and the limitations of modern social justice movements. He argues that if we value societal progress, placing truth and the dignity of individuals at the center of our public discourse is an urgent necessity.
Friday, February 25, 2022 • 5:00 PM
Ventana Ballroom, Memorial Union 241 • Arizona State University
Kmele Foster is a co-founder and Executive Producer at Freethink, a media company surveying the most important new developments in innovation, ideas, and human thriving. Mr. Foster is a regular contributor to various national media outlets where he offers insights on a range of topics, including; innovation, race & identity, journalism, and free speech. Kmele is also the co-hosts the syndicated current events podcast The Fifth Column, alongside Michael Moynahan of Vice News and Matt Welch of Reason magazine. In addition to his work in media, Kmele is a serial entrepreneur with a background in consumer goods, e-commerce, and telecommunications.
Karen Attiah is an Editor and Writer with the Washington Post Opinions Section, and her work focuses on race, gender, culture, and international affairs. She has won numerous awards and recognitions for her writing and commentary, including the 2019 George Polk Special Award, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Freedom Writer Award. She was the winner of the 2019 Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, was named to the 2019 Root 100 list, and was featured in Essence Magazine’s ‘Woke 100’ list for 2019. She is the author of the forthcoming book “Say Your Word, Then Leave”, to be published by Dey Street Books in Spring 2021. Karen is currently based in Dallas, Texas. She has made television and broadcast appearances on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, and the CBC.
The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University seeks to introduce a new level of debate over the large questions of life that always arise. These are questions of value: What is the best form of government? The most efficient and just economy? The good life for an individual? And also basic questions of fact and concept: Is science the only kind of knowledge? Does history have a direction and purpose? Is moral choice a fact or delusion? These questions do not have easy answers, and indeed the questions have always been clearer than the answers. As a learning community of faculty and students, the school approaches them in two ways. One way is to look beyond the time and borders of our present society to the great thinkers who have contended for the high status of teachers of humanity, such as Homer, Dante and Shakespeare. The other way of studying the fundamental questions is to look within to American leaders, both intellectual and political, who have inspired us.
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