Penn Lightbulb Café: ‘The Real Record on Racial Attitudes’

Gina Bryan | | 215-898-8721
Amanda Mott | | 215-898-1422
Monday, October 16, 2017


Camille Z. Charles
Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences
Department of Sociology
Department of Africana Studies & Education
School of Arts and Sciences
University of Pennsylvania    


Penn Lightbulb Café: “The Real Record on Racial Attitudes”


Tuesday, Oct. 24
​​​​​​​6-7 p.m. 


World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

Issues of race and racial division have been prominent features of social organization and culture in the United States from as far back as the historical record goes. As a leading scholar in American race relations, Dr. Charles maps the major divisions of and trends in, U.S. racial attitudes and documents both significant progressive changes as well as substantial enduring frictions and conflicts that continue to make race such a fraught terrain. She will tackle the conceptually broad and analytically powerful record which is a strong caution against glib generalities that attempt to reduce an enormously multifaceted social phenomenon. She will also look at simplistic catch phrases like “racist America,” “the end of racism” or, more recently, “post-racial America.”

The talk is part of the Penn Lightbulb Café free public-lecture series presented by Penn Arts & Sciences and the Office of University Communications that takes arts, humanities and social-sciences scholarship out of the classroom for a night on the town. Each hour-long talk begins at 6 p.m., and the presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A. Café events are free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Seating is limited. RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at