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New Marriages, New Families with Michael Krasny


December 6, 2011 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Room 290

“New Marriages, New Families: The Rise of Interracial Marriages”

Stanford Alumni and their guests are invited to join Michael Krasny, host of KQED's award-winning Forum, for a reception followed by a panel discussion that will illuminate the shifting terrain of marriage in American society and what can be learned from interracial marriages. Books by the faculty panelists will be available for purchase and personalization.

Registration is $10 per person.



Ralph Richard Banks is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He is an expert on topics related to race and inequality. His research addresses race and inequality issues across a variety of domains, from criminal justice to employment to the family.

Michele Elam is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor of English at Stanford University. Past Director of African & African American Studies, Elam is an award-winning teacher, her expertise is in the study of interracialism and mixed race from the 19th to the 21st centuries. Her latest book, The Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics and Aesthetics in the New Millennium, published Spring 2011, examines debates about and within the "multiracial movement" and changing representations of race and identity in contemporary literature, theatre, and popular culture.

Michael Rosenfeld is an award winning teacher and a social demographer who studies race, ethnicity, immigration, and family structure and how it changes over time. His current research focuses on racial intermarriage and same sex cohabitation in the U.S., and the reasons for the rising incidence of these alternative family forms.