TU's 16th annual Multicultural Conference to focus on 'intersecting identities'
Sociologist Patricia Hill Collins will deliver keynote address at Feb. 25 event
TOWSON, Md. (Feb. 19, 2010)—Patricia Hill Collins, American Sociological Association President for 2009 and University of Maryland professor of sociology, will deliver the keynote address at TU’s 16th annual Multicultural Conference, to be held February 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on the third floor of TU’s University Union.
Collins is a social theorist whose research and scholarship have examined issues of race, gender, social class, sexuality and nationality. Her address is entitled “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Global Face of Colorblind Racism.”
This year’s conference revolves around “intersecting identities,” and how these operate in the service of some individuals and at the expense of others. “Each of us possesses identities that shape our lives in profound ways,” says conference co-chair and psychology professor Paz Galupo. “These identities influence how we are thought of and treated by others and by society at large. Our identities with regard to age, gender, race, sexual orientation, disability status and religion influence our place in the social hierarchy.
“More importantly,” Galupo adds, “these identities intersect with each other and should be considered, studied and discussed in terms of their intersection.”