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President Pelton Discusses Race and Politics with Portland City Club

The election of President Barack Obama does not mean Americans now live in a post-racial society, but that they have the chance to begin “a more transparent public discourse on race that is long overdue,” Willamette University President M. Lee Pelton told the Portland City Club on Jan. 23.

At the club’s Friday Forum at the Governor Hotel in Portland, Pelton addressed “The New Diversity: Race and Politics in America Today,” including what Obama’s presidency means for future discussions of race.

Pelton’s speech generated much fanfare and has provided the Willamette community with fruitful discussion points as conversations about race and social justice continue.

[Read the entire speech ]

[Listen to an online recording of the speech ]