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Michael Omi, Expert on Racial Formation, to Speak at OU

Michael Omi, Expert on Racial Formation, to Speak at OU

University of Oklahoma students, faculty and staff get the chance to see Michael Omi, an expert on racial formation, when he visits campus March 24.

Michael Omi, who is widely known for developing the theory of racial formation, will present a complimentary public lecture titled “Who Are We? Racial Formation in the United States” on Tuesday, March 24, on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

Omi’s lecture, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Auditorium in Gaylord Hall, 395 W. Lindsey, is the featured talk of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Endowed Lectureship Series.

As an associate professor of Asian American studies in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley, Omi’s work explores how the idea of colorblindness gets society past race, but yet the issues of how groups are classified racially still remains.  

“We are honored to have Michael Omi speak at OU,” said Angela Urick, assistant professor of educational administration, curriculum and supervision at Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. “Knowing the history and implications that surround how race has been defined and applied in the U.S. helps us to direct our policy and practice decisions so that they are socially just.” 

For more information or for accommodations on the basis of disability, call (405) 325-4844.