From the 2009 News Archive
Prof. Ifill Discusses "Race Now" with Cousin Gwen Ifill of PBS
Professor Sherilynn Ifill and her cousin
, managing editor of Washington Week, senior correspondent for The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics & Race in the Age of Obama," participated in the lecture series
"Talking About Race Now: How to Build Success Without Forgetting the Struggle"
at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on June 4.
Listen to audio of the discussion.
This was the second event in the Open Society Institute–Baltimore's yearlong series Talking About Race, co-sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The series addresses how we talk (or do not talk) about race from different perspectives and why it is imperative that we discuss this subject openly and thoughtfully.
Carla D. Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, said “In a city that’s predominantly African-American and where race played a major role in the city’s history, we are looking forward to these lectures that will tackle race’s influence from the classroom to the boardroom.”
Professor Ifill is nationally recognized as an advocate in the areas of civil rights, voting rights, judicial diversity and judicial decision-making. She also writes about the history of racial violence and contemporary reconciliation efforts. Her book about truth and reconciliation commissions for lynching, On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century was released by Beacon Books in 2007.