April 16, 1998
Geneva, NY — “Why the Black-White Dialogue is No Dialogue and What to Do About It” will be the topic of the discussion by Gordon MacInnes at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, in room 8, Coxe Hall, on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The public is invited to attend.
“In a better world, the question of the black-white dialogue wouldn't arise because ordinary, respectful conversations would take place as a part of daily intercourse among colleagues, friends, and neighbors,” writes MacInnes. “Instead, purposeful interracial conversation is usually marked by posturing, eggshell-walking, and insincerity. There are explanations as to why this is so and there is a way to break out of the pattern, but some basic assumptions need to be evaluated and challenged first.”
MacInnes is a former state senator from New Jersey and the author of Wrong for All the Right Reasons: How Liberals Have Been Undone by Race (1996, University Press). He has devoted his life to public issues, is the former president of Planned Parenthood for Greater Northern New Jersey, and served on the board of trustees of the Jersey Battered Women's Shelter.
MacInnes will be on campus for several days and will visit classes, conduct a faculty seminar, and spend time with students in more informal settings.
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