University of Pittsburgh
October 9, 2008

Duke Sociologist to Lecture at Pitt on Racism, Discrimination, Color Blindness, and Race Matters in Today's Political America


Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH-Duke University sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva will deliver a lecture on racism, discrimination, colorblindness, and race matters in today's political America, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Pitt's Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) in the School of Social Work Conference Center, 2017 Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

The talk, part of the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Fall 2008 Speaker Series at CRSP, is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and lunch will be provided. For more information, call 412-624-7382.

Bonilla-Silva gained visibility in the social sciences with his 1997 article in the journal "American Sociological Review," "Rethinking Racism: Toward a Structural Interpretation," in which he challenged social analysts to look at racial matters from a structural rather than a prejudicial perspective.

He is the author of a number of books, including "White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era" (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001), "Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), and, with Ashley Doane, "White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism" (Routledge, 2003). His research has appeared in such journals as "Sociological Inquiry," "Racial and Ethnic Studies," and "Race and Society," among others. He lectures throughout the United States and abroad on racial and ethnic issues.

Prior to his position as a sociology professor at Duke, Bonilla-Silva taught at the University of Michigan and Texas A & M University.