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Center for Political Studies - Institute for Social Research pres.

Hanes Walton Jr. Lecture

Dianne Pinderhughes, Notre Dame Presidential Faculty Fellow and Professor, Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

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Racial Dynamics in the American Context: A Second Century of Civil Rights and Protest?

This lecture will explore the factors shaping electoral and policy developments in the wake of late 20th century civil rights reform, and the growing political incorporation of African Americans into electoral politics.  Drawing from a set of collected papers compiled for publication as Black Politics After the Civil Rights Revolution, social and political scientists recognized the gradual increase in African American political participation, the increasing numbers of elected officials of color, and perhaps most remarkably, the election in 2008 and 2012 of Barack Obama to the Presidency.  The unexpected election of Donald Trump in 2016, posed a direct challenge to that framing of reaching the mountaintop and the evolution of successful racial reform. The lecture considers the possible alternative explanations for the Obama and Trump Presidencies in sequence, and whether these changes in early 21st century politics reflect those in previous eras. 

The Hanes Walton Jr. Lecture is sponsored by the Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research and occurs in the autumn of odd-numbered years, in honor of Hanes Walton, Jr.
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