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SESP Equity Book Club: A Conversation with Victor Ray

January 18, 2023

Victor RaySociologist and author Victor Ray will discuss his latest book On Critical Race Theory: Why It Matters & Why You Should Care during the first SESP Equity Book Club Series lecture of the 2022-23 academic year.

Ray, the F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Criminology and African American Studies at the University of Iowa, will speak at 12:30 p.m. on March 30 in Annenberg Hall, 2120 Campus Drive, Room 303. Food and refreshments will be provided.

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Ray's research focuses on race and ethnicity in the United States. His work has won multiple awards, including the early career award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Southern Sociological Society’s Junior Scholar Award.

Ray, who uses his latest book to illustrate the scholarship and concepts that comprise the term, has said he wrote On Critical Race Theory “hoping that people committed to anti-racism, of good faith, interested in what critical race theory is really about would find it useful.”

The SESP Equity Book Club Series began in 2019 and features speakers who have studied and written about justice or equity issues. Previous invited authors and books include Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste; Bryan Brayboy’s Carceral ColonialismsEve L. Ewing’s Ghosts in the SchoolyardAnthony A. Jack’s The Privileged PoorBettina Love’s We Want to Do More Than Survive; and Sally Nuamah’s How Girls Achieve.