Thursday, February 9, 2012

Desmond King to Present Roscoe Robinson Memorial Lecture

Desmond King to Present Roscoe Robinson Memorial Lecture

Three years ago, GSPIA established the General Roscoe Robinson, Jr. Memorial Lecture Series on Diversity and Public Service to honor one of our most distinguished alumni. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point as well as GSPIA, Roscoe Robinson achieved the distinction of being the first African American to be promoted to the rank of four-star General in the United States Army.

The 2012 Robinson Lecture will be presented at 6 p.m., Feb. 16 by Desmond King, Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government at Nuffield College, Oxford University. King is the co-author (with Rogers M. Smith at the University of Pennsylvania) of a new book entitled Still a House Divided; Race and Politics in Obama’s America and the author of Separate and Unequal: African Americans and the U.S. Federal Government. The February 16 lecture will focus on “Race and Politics in Obama’s America.” On February 17 King will also give a special seminar focused on his Separate and Unequal book, explaining how the federal government adopted and enforced Jim Crow policies from the presidency of Woodrow Wilson until the 1960s.

Still a House Divided:
Race and Politics in Obama's America
Desmond S. King & Rogers M. Smith

"Still a House Divided deftly lays to rest the idea of postracialism in American politics and, through the concept of rival racial-policy coalitions, reveals the modern potency of the dispute between color-blind and race-conscious camps. King and Smith make a compelling case that competing visions over the role of race continue to define the core of American political life, and their bold and meticulously researched book offers new and much-needed leverage on a frustratingly durable problem."--Lawrence D. Bobo, Harvard University

"The book's impressive and persuasive argument ranges broadly across many arenas too often discussed separately. The authors show that the United States has experienced three periods of distinct racial alliances, and that we are in the third period, still in a racially structured polity. They indicate that if the stakes in many policy disputes were clearer, the United States could move closer to racial justice and equality through better policy choices."--Jennifer Hochschild, Harvard University

Separate and Unequal
African Americans and the US Federal Government
Oxford University Press

"Separate and Unequal illustrates with great detail and clarity the multiple ways in which the federal government proved to be a significant participant in the continued oppression of Black Americans and an active promoter of white supremacy throughout the 20th century. This book significantly advances our understanding of the state, necessitating that we pay attention to the different entities, goals, and consequences of state power. For students interested in race and the state this is a book you must read."--Cathy J. Cohen, University of Chicago

"This is a pioneering book on race and the federal bureaucracy... King's book ploughs new ground, [and] is a bold work. The factual data that the book unearths tell a startling, compelling, and debilitating story."--Journal of American History

"Drawing on a wealth of archival sources, King shows how the Federal government systematically segregated African Americans in its own operations. The book provides important and original perspectives on the prevalence of racial discrimination within the Federal government from the Progressive Era until the 1960's. In so doing, it causes us to rethink conventional views of the Federal government as a neutral arbiter in race relations."--Margaret Weir, Brookings Institution

Roscoe Robinson, Jr. Memorial Lecture
6 - 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 16
University Club, Ballroom A

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