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Beyond Black and White

Location: Student Services Center Room W-201

Beyond Black and White: The Identity Construction and Political Attitudes of Biracial Americans

Free presentation on the broader social and political implications of the increasingly racially mixed American landscape, featuring guest lecturer Dr. Lauren Davenport, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.

In what has been called “the greatest change in the measurement of race in the history of the United States” (Farley 2002: 33), Americans were allowed, for the first time, to self-identify with more than one race in the 2000 U.S. census. Since then, the U.S. multiple-race population has skyrocketed by 106%—more than 17 times the rate of growth of the single-race population. Individuals of mixed-race comprise the fastest-growing youth group in the nation, and an estimated 20 percent of Americans will identify with multiple racial groups by 2050. When it comes to multiple-race labeling, Hawaii is leading the charge: it is the state with the largest percentage of the population identifying as multiracial, by far.

In this presentation, Dr. Davenport draws upon a wealth of sources to address the following questions:
How do mixed-race Americans see themselves, socially, culturally, and politically?
What factors determine how someone of mixed-race parentage decides to racially self-identify?
What are the repercussions of these identities for the broader American political structure?
How do people of mixed-race approach racial policies, such as affirmative action, and social policies, such as same-sex marriage?
What do the increasing number of multiracial identifiers mean for the allocation of resources and benefits intended for minority populations?

Due to limited seating, we ask that interested attendees make reservations at go.hawaii.edu/jK1. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Su-Mi Lee at sumilee@hawaii.edu. If you require disability accommodations, please contact the University Services Office at 808-932-7623, 808-932-7002 (TTY), or uds@hawaii.edu (email).

This event is is sponsored by the Chancellor's Professional Development Fund and organized by the Department of Political Science and the Office of International Student Services and Intercultural Education at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

For more information, contact: sumilee@hawaii.edu (808) 932-7127

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