Sanket H. Desai
Assistant Professor of History and Lecture Series Liaison
Montgomery County Community College
Racism in America: The Intersectionality of Race, Class, and Gender as Weapons of Oppression
Session 1 - Title: “Ethnicity and Culture: Understanding Race as a Social Construct”
Venue: Virtual Event via Zoom (recorded)
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 12:30 PM
The terms culture, ethnicity, and race are often used interchangeably; however, each term is distinctly different. While race is a social construct – associated with skin color and physical features – culture and ethnicity are determined by less obvious traits. In this session, we will explore the concept of race as a social construct to gain a better understanding of the ways that culture and ethnicity more accurately determine one’s identity. Additionally, the session will examine the differences between race, culture, and ethnicity, and in the process gain a better understanding of how and why racism is based on a flawed understanding of identity.
Racism in America Series Sponsor: The Black Reserve Bookstore
The Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Social Peace and Justice is supported through an endowment made from the William Penn Foundation through the Bennett Fund of the Montgomery County Community College Foundation.