page image

Summary

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 with Comcast NBCUniversal. 

More Info Request Summary
Register to attend Join the conversation at Twitter Hashtag #stateofrace For more information, contact Kiahna Cassell, 202-736-5818 Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Below is a video recap of the 2017 Symposium, which explored new attitudes, opportunities, and challenges for and about people of color in 21st century America.

PANELISTS
David Brooks
Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
Marc Lamont Hill
Host of HuffPost Live and BET News, and Political Contributor, CNN
Kamilah Prince
National Director of African American Engagement, Republican National Committee (RNC)
Chuck Rocha
Strategist and President of Solidarity Strategies
Juan Williams
Political Analyst, Fox News (moderator)
Brian Levin
Director, Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism
David Cohen
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Comcast Corporation
Charles M. Firestone
Executive Director, Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program
Kiahna Cassell
Project Director, Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program
AGENDA
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, and according to a Pew Research Center survey, 66% of Latino voters voted for one candidate during the most recent Presidential election. Do Democrats take the POC 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?