“American Masala: Race Mixing, the Spice of Life or Watering Down Cultures” on Oct. 10

October 3, 2012

The titular topic will be the subject of a discussion focused on the challenges mixed race families and individuals face; race mixing in the age of Obama; identity crises; the merging of cultures; the historical context; societal and family pressures; and what we might expect in the future.  The panel will be held at Harvard University in the Student Organization Center at Hilles (104 Event Hall, Radcliffe Quad, 59 Garden Street, Cambridge) on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.  Panelists include:

  • Martine Powers (moderator, Boston Globe reporter, author of Not easy being Green: St. Patrick’s Day holds complicated emotions for those of mixed race)
  • Carmen Fields (media relations specialist, an African American woman, former Harvard University Nieman Fellow, who wrote about the reactions from family and friends when she married a white man; Boston magazine, February 2002)
  • Michael Fosberg (author, actor, activist, whose solo-show, Incognito, is the autobiographical story of a white man who discovers, at age 32, that he is black)
  • E. Dolores Johnson (former marketing executive and aspiring author, was raised in a community of mixed race families, whose white mothers and Negro fathers in the 1940s and 1950s formed The Clique Club as their social center; a manuscript under construction),
  • Eliza Nguyen (Harvard College ’14, president of the Harvard Half Asian People’s Association, Harvard’s only mixed race student organization)
  • Also delivering remarks, Lisa M. Coleman, Ph.D. (Harvard University Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President).
This panel is sponsored by the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Office of Diversity Relations.  Quad shuttle buses run every 10 minutes from Memorial Hall, Massachusetts Avenue and Garden Street.

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