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Cornel West Guide: Talking about Race

Writings by Cornel West, resources related to Wests' writings, and works that he references. Plus information about talking about race, especially addressing issues related to race in the classroom.

How We Talk About Race

Jay Smooth is host of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY, and is an acclaimed commentator on politics and culture. In this talk, he discusses the sometimes thorny territory of how we discuss issues of race and racism, offering insightful and humorous suggestions for expanding our perception of the subject.

How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change

Thelma Golden, curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, talks through three recent shows that explore how art examines and redefines culture. The "post-black" artists she works with are using their art to provoke a new dialogue about race and culture — and about the meaning of art itself.

How to Talk About Race

Despite having elected a black president, says Eric Deggans, the conversation about race in America is just beginning — but it's vital that we not shy away from it. Deggans, TV/Media Critic for the Tampa Bay Times, also provides freelance commentaries on television for National Public Radio.

Art and Multiculturalism


On March 22, 2017 the Diversity Council, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and Human Resources collaborated on sponsoring MassArt Day. Community members split into groups to play a game focused on definitions of words and phrases commonly used in discussing issues of race and diversity.

Here is the list of words and their definitions: Social Justice Game Definitions

Multicultural Education

Having Difficult Conversations