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Distinguished Speaker: Carol Swain, Ph.D. 7PM

Carol M. Swain, Ph.D.

Politics | Race | Religious Liberty

Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress

Thursday, February 7, 2019
10 a.m. & 2 p.m. | Levan Center
2 p.m. | Livecast to Delano
7 p.m. | Indoor Theatre

How does congress represent the interests of American Americans? Must blacks be represented by blacks to be properly heard? How do members of Congress respond to the needs of blacks in their districts, and what do congressional voting records reveal? In this presentation Dr. Carol M. Swain examines the problems of representing the interests of African Americans by studying the constituency relations and roll-call voting of black members of congress from a variety of districts - historically black, newly black, heterogeneous, and primarily white-and of white members from districts with either a black majority or a significant black minority.

What strategies are most likely to lead to greater representation of black interests? She challenges the proposition that only African Americans can represent black interests effectively, and shows that creating additional black-majority districts is in any case a limited possibility. She contends that an increase in the number of black representatives in the near future can come only from the election of blacks in predominantly nonblack districts.

Black Faces, Black Interests book cover

Speaker Biography

Swain’s work on representation and race relations has earned her national and international accolades. A widely recognized expert on race, immigration reform, and religious liberty. Professor Swain has served on the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities Council. She is a conservative television analyst and former professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University. Swain commentary on current social and political issues can be heard nationally on Bott Radio and American Family Radio’s Two Minutes to Think About it with Dr. Carol M. Swain.

Carol Swain author portrait

Faculty Coordinator: Daymon Johnson, Professor of Social Sciences
Brought to you as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series in collaboration with the BC Liberty Institute

Date & Time: 
Thu, 02/07/2019 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Edward Simonsen Performing Arts Center (Indoor Theater)

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