Clinton School to host community conversation on race

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service’s Center on Community Philanthropy is hosting a community conversation on “Race in the Media: Understanding the Issues and Discussing Opportunities for Action” in Pine Bluff.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the D.W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. 3rd Ave.

The center’s visiting faculty philanthropy scholar Travis Dixon will lead the conversation. Dixon, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of California Los Angeles, has extensively researched the portrayal of minorities in the media and looks forward to discussing the topic with residents of Pine Bluff and surrounding areas.

The community discussion will explore the degree to which racial stereotypes are perpetuated by media outlets and will encourage participants to work together to formulate ideas and actions for change.

“Stereotypes are the foundation of racism — if we can deal with them effectively, we can deal with racism,” Dixon said.

The dialogue will be a follow up to the Pine Bluff community conversation on structural racism hosted by Center on Community Philanthropy in 2011.

Dinner will be provided. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and RSVPs will be required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Sierra Fowler by email at sfowler@clintonschool.uasys.edu or call (501) 683-5216.