Recently-Escaped Slave to Join Presentation on Persistence of Racial Problems

This Roundtable discussion will link contemporary global issues of race and gender to the history of slavery.

MEDIA ALERT
Contacts: Christopher T. Cory, 212-346-1117, Cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu
Frank Lentini, 212-481-7000 ext. 3223, frankl@mbooth.com

RECENTLY-ESCAPED SUDANESE SLAVE,
FORMER GORE-LIEBERMAN CAMPAIGN MANAGER
TO PROVIDE FRESH IDEAS ON PERSISTENCE OF RACIAL PROBLEMS
FRIDAY AT 1:00 PM

Thought leaders debate the “centrality of slavery” in contemporary issues of race and gender
Who:
• Mende Nazer, Nubian who was sold into slavery in Khartoum at age 12 and who made a break for freedom in London, later writing her recent memoir, “Slave.”
• Donna Brazile, leading political strategist whose ideas currently help shape the Democratic platform on race and who was the first African American woman to run a national election campaign (Gore-Lieberman 2000).
• Michel Martin, Emmy-winning former ABC Nightline correspondent and Wall Street Journal reporter who will host a public affairs and cultural program soon slated to launch on National Public Radio.
• Leon Wynter, author and journalist who created and wrote a Business & Race column for The Wall Street Journal and has written for The Washington Post, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and Marketplace.

What:
Roundtable discussion linking contemporary global issues of race and gender to the history of slavery. Will address such questions as:
• How can slavery be making comebacks in some societies well over 100 years after its official abolition in the western world?
• What is the equivalent of “whiteness” in one of those societies, the Sudan?
• Why don’t whites and blacks see their differing social circumstances more clearly?
• Since slaves are “made,” can they slaves be “unmade?”

Where & When:
Friday, October 6th, 2006
1:00pm – 2:45pm
Pace University Downtown Campus
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 1 Pace Plaza (3 Spruce St. between Park Row and Gold St., just east of City Hall)

Participants are available for interviews. The discussion is part of a two-day national conference on the writings and life of Harriet Jacobs, the increasingly well known author who is the only African-American woman held in slavery whose papers are known to exist. For the complete conference schedule please visit www.pace.edu/dyson/HarrietJacobsConf/

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