Ethno-Racial Classification, Does it Have a Future in American Politics? | Baruch College Special

Baruch College School of Public Affairs presents the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture Series on Equality and Justice in America. In this episode, Dr. Kenneth Prewitt (Director, U.S. Census Bureau 1998-2001) lectures on the evolution of racial and ethnic classifications in the US Census since its inception. Using historical context, contemporary trends, and his own experience in the Census Bureau, Prewitt predicts a future in US politics where racial classifications will proliferate to a critical juncture. The short Q&A session that follows covers topics such as counting undocumented workers and prisoners, and reparations for African-Americans.

Opening remarks are giving by David Birdsell (Executive Director of Academic Programs, Baruch College School of Public Affairs), Marianne Engelman-Lado (granddaughter of Lillie & Nathan Ackerman), and Nancy Foner (Lillie & Nathan Ackerman Visiting Professor in Justice and Equality in America.)

This program was digitized, captioned, and made accessible in 2021 as part of “Uncovering CUNY’S Audiovisual Heritage,” a preservation project funded by Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Taped date: 04-30-2003

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