Date: Sunday, January 22, 2006
Speaker: Professor Theresa Martinez, University of Utah
Theresa Martinez is currently Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for Outreach at the University of Utah. Her teaching and research deal with issues of racial and ethnic relations, deviant behavior, race, class and gender, juvenile delinquency, and popular culture. Professor Martinez has provided diversity training for the Utah State Bar, the Salt Lake Police Department, the Utah Annual Judicial Conference, the Salt Lake County Drug Court, and the Salt Lake Legal Defenders. Currently, Professor Martinez is the Diversity Trainer for Juvenile Probation within the Administrative Office of the Courts. Professor Martinez has appeared in Time magazine, the Miami Herald, and the New York Times, as well as on National Public Radio and 20/20: News Magazine.
“Hurricane Katrina illuminated race and class divisions that still exist within American society. This presentation will underscore these divisions both historically and through a discussion of current headline news stories all through the lens of social science thinking today. It is hoped that listeners will gain some insight into current race and class issues that still plague our society, and begin to think through ways to heal these rifts.”
Suggested references and resources:
Jason De Parle, “What Happens to a Race Deferred.” New York Times Article – September 4, 2005.
Films – Mississippi Burning • Rosewood • Ghosts of Mississippi • Zoot Suit • Smoke Signals • Cesar Chavez: The Fight in the Fields • Stand and Deliver