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Emory faculty available to discuss racial issues

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Emory faculty experts on race and difference are available to talk about the country's racial climate going into the 2012 presidential election and the opening days of the trial in the tragic death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Morgan Cloud, professor of law, can address questions related to Florida's and Georgia's self defense statutes, which he says contain widely misinterpreted "stand your ground" defenses. An expert on criminal law and procedure, white-collar crime, comparative constitutional law and pretrial litigation, Cloud is the author of numerous publications on these topics and practiced law as a trial lawyer and litigator in Florida and California before joining the Emory faculty.


Racial History of Florida, The South

Carol Anderson, associate professor of African American Studies, can discuss the racial history of the U.S., particularly Florida and the South. She is the author of "Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955." Recently she did a series of interviews on "The Hidden History of the Civil Rights Movement."


Race and Politics

Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science, can discuss the political implications of race and racial issues in the upcoming election. She is the editor and contributor to "Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership" and the author of the forthcoming "The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark and Post-Racial America."


Media Coverage, Racial Images, Stereotypes

Nathan McCall, senior lecturer in the Department of African American Studies, can discuss media representations of ethnic minorities, white privilege, constructions of racial identities and the impact of those constructions on ethnic groups, particularly African Americans. McCall, who has worked as a reporter for The Washington Post and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is the author of an autobiography, "Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America" and a novel, "Them," among other works.


Racial Violence, Reconciliation

Theophus (Thee) Smith, associate professor of religion, can address issues of racial violence and reconciliation. Smith is co-editor of the book, "Curing Violence," and co-founder of Southern Truth and Reconciliation (STAR), an organization comprised of civic leaders and community organizers that consults with communities still struggling with the legacy of racial violence. 


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