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UD co-sponsors national conference on black political science

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12:41 p.m., March 6, 2014--Taking place early in a midterm election year, the National Conference of Black Political Scientists will examine critical issues of our time, from public opinion on voter ID, to health care policy, to felon disenfranchisement. 

Co-sponsored by the University of Delaware, the three-and-a-half-day event takes place from March 12-15 at the Wilmington Doubletree. This year’s theme is “Analyzing the Black Political Community — People, Policy, Process, and Politics in an Era of Globalization.”

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The conference, which celebrate its 45th annual meeting, will feature 80 panels and more than 200 presenters.

Provocative sessions include the unspoken politics of the national gun debate and disposable black girlhood, the hierarchy of victims in death penalty processing, rethinking the school-to-prison pipeline, examining the relationship between Pan-Africanism and rap music, and many others. 

“This is an academic conference, but it’s tackling some of the most important social issues of our time,” says conference chair David Wilson, associate professor of political science at UD. 

Wilson, who is also interim associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, adds that the conference seeks to “understand the black political community and politics in a global society, and to analyze issues that disproportionately affect persons of color around the globe.”

UD is one of the conference’s main sponsors, with funding and support from the Office of the Provost, the President’s Diversity Initiative, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for the Study of Diversity, and the Office of Communications and Marketing, UD Downtown Center, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.

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