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The Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America explores new attitudes, opportunities, and challenges for and about people of color in 21st century America. This annual event is presented by the Communications and Society Program in association withComcast NBCUniversal. 

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Register to attend Join the conversation at Twitter Hashtag #stateofrace For more information, contact Kiahna Cassell, 202-736-5818 Complimentary Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Light Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Opening Keynote
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Panel 1: Great Expectations: Do Candidates Rely Too Much or Not Enough from People of Color?
  96% of African American voters voted for one candidate in the recent Alabama Senate election. Do Democrats take the African American vote for granted?  How can Republicans appeal more to people of color?  What are the ways in which people are viewing voting through the lens of race?  How is voting being encouraged, or suppressed?
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel 2: Racial Hate Speech and the First Amendment
  Is more speech an adequate solution to hate speech?  If not, what limits are allowable or appropriate when it comes to hate speech?  Have social media platforms compounded the problem by having near ubiquitous and instantaneous reach for almost all voices?  What measures should social platforms or governments adopt to limit racial disparagement?