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Race, Political Solidarity & the Future of America

Please join a talk by Dr. Theodore R. Johnson, professor of the practice at the College of Professional Studies, who will discuss the history of black political behavior by looking at race, party, and income.


About the event: 


Over the last decade, the feeling among Americans is that race relations have progressively worsened. From riots following the killing of unarmed black men to white nationalists marching to protest the growing racial diversity in the United States, the majority of Americans fear the nation is reaching a tipping point. Either we address the race question head on or we risk the collapse of our democracy.


In this talk, Dr. Theodore R. Johnson proposes that the most effective approach to overcoming the effects of racism is the establishment of a national solidarity among the American people. This solidarity is centered on notions of civil religion and is the means to ensure our liberal democracy endures. Moreover, Johnson argues that the model for national solidarity is the political solidarity found within black America.


Racism is an existential threat to the United States and the American idea. Solidarity is required to ensure the American experiment succeeds.


About Dr. Johnson:


 Dr. Theodore R. Johnson is a public policy scholar and military veteran. He writes and speaks on issues of social justice, race, and politics, as well as cybersecurity and national security. He holds a Doctorate of Law and Policy from Northeastern, where his research focused on African American political and voting behavior and he was awarded the Dean's Medal for Outstanding Doctoral Work.


Dr. Johnson has more than 15 years of public policy experience in federal departments and agencies, including as a White House Fellow where he served as the Cyber Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy undertaking cybersecurity initiatives to secure the nation's electric grid. A retired naval officer, he served as a cybersecurity expert, a speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, and as a military aide to the Director of the National Security Agency, among other assignments.


His work has appeared in the The Atlantic, The Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, and a number of other publications. Dr. Johnson writes primarily on issues of race relations, public policy, and current national news topics. He's also appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and National Public Radio discussing racial justice and public policy. He is currently working on a book titled "When the Stars Begin to Fall: Race, Solidarity, and the Future of America," to be published by Grove Atlantic in 2020.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex, ISEC 102 (Auditorium)

Event Type

Lecture, Cultural




Free, but registration is required

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