Keynote Address by RICHARD RODRIGUEZ …

… to the 55th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON WORLD AFFAIRS (Boulder Colorado), March 28, 2003.

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“I write about race in hope of undermining the notion of race in America,” says Richard Rodriguez, the celebrated essayist, commentator and author of Brown: The Last Discovery of America (2002). Rodriguez uses the color “brown” as a metaphor for in-between states of being and as a symbol of non-linear experience. In the opening keynote address to the Fifty-fifth Conference on World Affairs (Monday, April 7, 12 noon, Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado Boulder campus), he will make the case that the American historical and contemporary conceptualization of race is rudimentary as well as psychologically and culturally damaging. The speech, as with all of the other over 200 CWA events during the week, is free and open to the public …

… Every year in April approximately 100 participants representing a wide range of backgrounds gather on the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus for the Conference on World Affairs. The New York Times refers to the CWA as “a week-long extravaganza of discussion and debate” with over 200 non-academic, cross-disciplinary panels, plenary sessions and performances attended by an audience of about 40,000. (full text).

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