Book Matters Series presents Victor Ray in conversation with Ashley Howard
The Office of the Vice President for Research presents Victor Ray for a special reading and reception as part of the Book Matters Series. Ray will read from his new book, On Critical Race Theory, and be joined in conversation by UI assistant professor of History, Ashley Howard. On Critical Race Theory presents succinct, thoughtful essays that provide a concise and accessible framework for understanding and fighting racial injustice in the United States.
“Regimes ban books when the books explain what is actually happening. Everyone who reads Victor Ray’s book will emerge understanding that this is exactly why critical race theory is being banned… Ray explains why we need critical race theory to understand the problems we face, and simultaneously reveals why it is such a target. The government doesn’t want you to have this knowledge. This book explains why.”—Jason Stanley
Victor Ray is the F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor in the UI Departments of Sociology and Criminology and African American Studies. In addition to this research, Victor is also an active public scholar, publishing commentary in outlets such as The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Boston Review.
Ashley Howard is Assistant Professor in the UI Department of History. Dr. Howard's work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, BBC World News Hour, Al Jazeera, Financial Times, Washington Post and NPR. Her "Then the Burnings Began" article is the winner of the 2018 James L. Sellers Memorial Prize.
The Book Matters Series seeks to celebrate written works by faculty members that draw from a wide range of expertise at the University of Iowa — The Writing University. These events are an opportunity for campus and community to come together to discuss ideas, meet new colleagues, and celebrate the writing strengths of UI scholars. A companion program for Creative Matters, Book Matters is hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research.
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