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What's in a Label?: Thinking about Diversity and Racial Categories

  • Forest Grove City Library 2114 Pacific Ave Forest Grove, OR, 97116 United States (map)

As humans, we constantly label and categorize information on both conscious and unconscious levels. Labeling enables our brains to sort information efficiently, but the labels and categories we assign to information can form generalizations and stereotypes in our minds. Race is a form of labeling. What are we describing when we assign racial categories to others and ourselves? How can we use language to increase understanding and connection, and what are its limitations? Join public interest lawyer Ann Su for a conversation exploring how the words we choose influence our understanding of race and racial diversity.

This event, presented in partnership with Oregon Humanities as part of their Conversation Project series, is free to the public and will be held in the Rogers Room.