Who Are You?: Racial Classification and the Census

Lecture | February 20 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Michael Omi, Berkeley Law

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

How are individuals and groups racially classified, what are the meanings attached to different racial categories, and what impact do these categories have on a range of policies and practices? Taking the U.S. Census as a site of racial classification, we'll examine shifting state definitions of race and how individuals and groups assert, embrace, reject, and negotiate different racial categories and identities.

Michael Omi is a professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and the co-author (along with Howard Winant) of Racial Formation in the United States (3rd edition, 2015), a groundbreaking work that transformed how we understand the social and historical forces that give race its changing meaning over time and place.

$10 for the general public. Free for OLLI members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

 CA, berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu, 15106429934