Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 25, 2008
On Thursday evening, June 26th, from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Community Advocates, Inc., together with 89.3 KPCC-FM's AirTalk with Larry Mantle, will bring together onto one stage, before a live audience at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, a panel of three nationally renowned thinkers on the subject of race: Shelby Steele, whose work has been described as "brilliant" by the New York Sun, "stunning" by Newsweek, and the New York Times has written, "Steele has given eloquent voice to painful truths that are almost always left unspoken in the nation's circumscribed public discourse on race," Richard Thompson Ford, whose books have been described by Prof. Duncan Howard of Harvard as unique, "nothing else like it in the literature, certainly one of the most important contributions of the past ten years," and Terence Samuels, whose career as a journalist and editor is equally distinguished.
Award winning author of A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win, renowned scholar, columnist and documentary film maker
Deputy Editor, theRoot.com, former Capitol Hill correspondent for US News and World Report, contributing editor, The American Prospect
RICHARD THOMPSON FORD
Professor, Stanford Law School, author of "The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse," prolific author on issues of race and multiculturalism
LARRY MANTLE, MODERATOR
Award winning host of 89.3 KPCC-FM's AirTalk
This free broadcast panel discussion and audience Q & A with outstanding and controversial thinkers is presented by the co-sponsors in order to allow for a better understanding of the role of race in the presidential campaign.
Another Critical Issues Seminar co-sponsored by:
Community Advocates, Inc.
89.3 KPCC-FM's AirTalk
The Center for the Preservation of Democracy
The panel discussion will take place at:
NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE PRESERVATION OF DEMOCRACY
111 NORTH CENTRAL AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
(ACROSS FROM THE JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM)
Community Advocates, Inc. (CAI - http://www.CAI-LA.ORG), a vanguard civil rights and social criticism organization based in Los Angeles, CA, headed by well-known Los Angeles civil rights leaders and social critics David Lehrer and Joe Hicks, contends that many civil rights organizations are focused on past ills, their agendas centered on the proverbial rear view mirror, as opposed to the road ahead. David Lehrer, the President of CAI, and Joe Hicks, the Vice President, both well-known Southern California civic leaders, one a black conservative Republican, and the other a white, Jewish Democrat, joined forces seven years ago to head CAI. CAI is striving to re-frame discussions about issues, particularly race, ethnic tensions, education, multi-culturalism, immigration and inner city violence through new and updated lenses. Lehrer and Hicks contend that, for too long, the discussions and debates surrounding key issues confronting this country have been predictable, orthodox and punctuated by political correctness. Advocates are often heard in isolation offering pre-packaged, platitude-laden solutions to our most intractable problems. Spontaneous and open discussions among thoughtful individuals with differing viewpoints in a challenging, yet controlled and civil setting, are quite rare. Each broadcast forum in this continuing series will feature panelists chosen for the quality and diversity of their ideas. CAI believes that various ideological assumptions regarding the causes and, therefore, possible solutions to society's toughest problems often prevent creative and dynamic interactions that might result in new approaches. CAI chooses issues that have historically proven to be particularly difficult for the formation of "common ground" understandings among the advocates on various sides of the debate. In fact, the tendency of advocates to demonize those of opposing viewpoints has been particularly pronounced when matters such as race and ethnic identity are discussed.