Mixing Race, Risk, and Reward in the Digital Age

Sawyer Seminar VI

What are the outcomes of evolving racial ideologies in North America and how are they impacting 21st century American identities?  How do 21st century multiracial identities and representations reflect and challenge historical constructions of racial mixing?  How does racial mixing inform transhumanistic enterprises (i.e., wearable technology) and impact educational experiences dedicated to mixed-race studies in digital spaces?

USC Conference Convenors: Duncan WilliamsBrian C. Bernards, and Velina Hasu Houston


“Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity”
Marcia Dawkins
USC, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Annenberg School of Communication; author of Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing & the Color of Cultural Identity (Baylor University Press, 2012) and Eminem: The Real Slim Shady (Praeger, 2013).

“Frizzly Studies: Law, History, Narrative, and the Color Line”
Daniel J. Sharfstein
Vanderbilt University, Professor of Law; author of The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White (Penguin Press, 2013) and "Crossing the Color Line: Racial Migration and the Emergence of the One-Drop Rule, 1600-1860," Minnesota Law Review (2007).

"Tweeting into the Future: Mixing Race and Technology in the 21st Century"
Ulli K. Ryder
Brown University, Scholar in Residence, Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life; author of forthcoming book Mixed Race 3.0: Mixing Race, Risk & Reward in the Digital Age (Annenberg Press, 2014). 

**Please e-mail Kana Yoshida at cjrc@dornsife.usc.edu to preregister, and if you would like to receive advanced copies of presenter papers for this seminar (highly encouraged!).

Presented by the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture's "Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach" Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars Series at the University of Southern California.