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EVENT: Shaping an Omni-American Future, Oct. 24-25
Combating Racism & Antisemitism Together
COMBATING RACISM AND ANTISEMITISM TOGETHER: SHAPING AN OMNI-AMERICAN FUTURE
October 24, 2021: 6-7:30 PM ET
October 25, 2021: 6-8:30 PM ET
Featuring Wynton Marsalis, Chloé Valdary, Thomas Chatterton Williams, John Wood, Jr., Robert G. O’Meally (English, Columbia University), Farah Jasmine Griffin (English, Columbia University), chef Andrew Zimmern, and others (full list below).
The term “Omni-American” in the title of this event is borrowed from the writings of Albert Murray (1916-2013), the great black American thinker and writer who, together with his good friend, the celebrated novelist Ralph Ellison (1914-1994), extolled America’s pluralistic and “incontestably mulatto” culture. By robustly critiquing racial essentialism and strongly emphasizing the power of culture instead of race, Murray and Ellison's writings strike at the root of ideologies that foster division, manipulation, and hatred, and ultimately develop into antisemitism and racism.
On October 24th-25th, 2021, a diverse group of leading artists, musicians, writers, and thinkers offer a unique virtual event exploring the power of culture to transcend divides and bring peoples of different religious and ethnic backgrounds together to build a better future free of prejudice and bigotry.
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