Perry World House presents “When the Stars Begin to Fall” with Theodore R. Johnson
3803 Locust Walk
This event is hosted by the Perry World House.
Recent years have seen the American public grapple with the individual and societal impacts of racism and what to do about them. In his new book, When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America, Theodore R. Johnson explores the relationship between the promise of equality and the reality of racism in America, and the impact these dynamics have on the country’s present and future. By weaving personal and family experiences with insights from history, political science, sociology, and international relations, Johnson champions national solidarity as a pathway to mitigate racism. He posits that a blueprint for this solidarity can be found in the sociopolitical strategies practiced in Black America.
In a conversation about his new book, Johnson and Daniel Hopkins, Professor of Political Science, will explore how we build a color-conscious society rather than a color-blind one, how to mobilize national solidarity, and what a failure to address racism would mean for the promise of America.
Hybrid Event Info:
In-person access to Perry World House hybrid events is now open to the public as well as the Penn community. All attendees will be REQUIRED to wear a mask and must show either their Green PennOpen Pass (Penn faculty, students, postdocs, staff, and badged contractors) or Green PennOpen Campus (event participants, day visitors, vendors, and non-badged contractors). We will continue to provide virtual access to all of our programming. Zoom details will be found in your order confirmation email.
Perry World House is a center for scholarly inquiry, teaching, research, international exchange, policy engagement, and public outreach on pressing global issues. Its mission is to bring the academic knowledge of the University of Pennsylvania to bear on some of the world’s most pressing global policy challenges, and to foster international policy engagement within and beyond the Penn community.