Events of Interest
Here is a list of events and links that our history majors may find interesting. We
will add new events regularly. Keep informed, mark your calendar, and check it out!
Wednesday, January 23, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library
The Conservative Implications of Liberal Race Reductionism
The IWU History Department is sponsoring a guest lecture by Tour Reed, Professor of
U.S. and African-American History at Illinois State University. Professor Reed will
discuss his forthcoming book. In the era of the Black Lives Matter movement, activists,
politicians, and even public intellectuals have coalesced around the erroneous contention
that liberals have generally reduced racism to class exploitation. To be sure, during
the New Deal and World War II, progressives—shaped by New Deal social democracy—generally
viewed racism through the lens of political economy. From the Cold War forward, however,
liberal intellectuals and policymakers have not only tended to reduce problems of
economic inequality to matters of racial prejudice, but their disregard for political
economy has likewise led policymakers and scholars alike to view problems rooted in
poverty (crime, drug abuse, family dissolution, illegitimacy, etc.) through the lens
of the cultural deficiencies of the poor themselves. Event is free and open to the
More events coming soon!
See you there!