America's Black-White Divide: Looking Back, Looking Around, Looking Forward
Sponsored by CASBS at Stanford in partnership w/the program in African and African American Studies at Stanford, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, & the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford.
This is episode 13 in the CASBS series Social Science for a World in Crisis. Learn more about the series here.
Lawrence Bobo, CASBS fellow 1988-89, 2007-08
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., CASBS fellow 2007-08
Claude Steele, Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, Emeritus, Stanford; CASBS fellow 1994-95, CASBS director 2005-09, CASBS faculty fellow 2019-21
Margaret Levi, CASBS director; professor of political science, Stanford
Should we regard the Trump years as akin to the fall of Reconstruction in the 19th Century? Is a great success and stride forward like the election of Barack Obama destined to galvanize countervailing social forces that constitute an enormous step backwards on racial progress? Is the challenge of achieving racial justice today as deep and intractable a problem as ever or are the circumstances different and better, providing grounds for optimism? What should we expect for the course of Black-white relations over the next decade or two given the trends currently at work? Join Lawrence Bobo, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Claude Steele in conversation with Margaret Levi as they consider these questions and offer insights on the prospects for progress and enduring change that will help us realize a more just and equitable society in our time.