Thomas Burrell is the founder and former CEO of Burrell Communications, an advertising agency based in Chicago that is one of the largest multi-cultural marketing firms in the world. Among his many honors, Burrell has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and has been named as one of the most influential black businessmen of the past 40 years by Black Enterprise Magazine. He argues that the longest-running and most successful advertising campaign of all time has functioned to marginalize black America. He’s author of the book “Brainwashed, Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority.” In it, he argues that we are not living in a post-racial era but one that makes it harder to talk about race than ever before.
He’ll will be giving a talk on campus at the University of Illinois this evening at 7:30 p.m. in Knight Auditorium in Urbana.
Joseph Torres, Senior External Affairs Director, Free Press; co-author, News for All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media
When we think about the history of media in America, it’s easy to think of it in terms of technology – from the rise of newspapers to radio to television to the Internet and beyond. Or you could look at media as a vehicle for reflecting and even contributing to social change – from Colonial-era newspapers encouraging the American Revolution to TV cameras bringing the civil rights movement into 1960s-era living rooms. But there are other ways to examine media in America. Joseph Torres, along with co-author Juan Gonzalez, recently placed the history of media under a different sort of prism – that of race. In their book News for All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, Torres and Gonzalez explore how America’s racial divisions have played a major role in the development of our media system. Joseph Torres will appear at this week's Grassroots Radio Conference in Champaign/Urbana.
Daisey Bates: First Lady of Little Rock: A Documentary Film, shown on PBS Stations and January 3, 6:00 PM CST, Champaign Public Library
With Sharon La Cruise (Documentary Filmmaker)
With Raymond Arsenault, Ph.D. (the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History and Program Advisor of the Florida Studies Program, University of South Florida)
With Lisa G. Materson, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Davis)
With Janet Duitsman Cornelius (retired from the history faculty at Danville Area Community College and Adjunct Professor at Eastrn Illinois University), and , and Martha LaFrenz Kay (retired from the literature and humanities faculty at Danville Area Community College)
With Harper Barnes (Editor and Cultural Critic for the St. Louis Post Dispatch)
With Bea Y. Perdue (President, President of the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute at Bennett College for Women, Greensborough, North Carolina)
With David W. Blight (Director of Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition; and a Professor of American History)
With Katherine H. Adams (the William and Audrey Hutchinson Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at Loyola University, New Orleans)