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Past Programs
The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White
Daniel J. Sharfstein , Brent Staples (moderator)
Thu, April 12th, 2012 | 7:30 pm
(Members $12)

NEW DATE: Thursday, April 12, 6:30 PM
Please note that this program will no longer take place on Tuesday, April 10.


Event details

In America, race is a riddle. With the widespread availability of DNA testing and the boom in genealogical research, it has become even harder to view race neatly in black or white. Daniel J. Sharfstein, in conversation with Brent Staples, unravels the stories of three families who represent the complexity of race in America and force us to rethink our basic assumptions about who we are.

Speakers Bio(s)

Daniel J. Sharfstein is an associate professor of law at Vanderbilt University and the author of The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White. Brent Staples (moderator) has been a member of the editorial board of The New York Times since 1990 and is the author of Parallel Time, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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