Kerry Ann Rockquemore to Deliver Next Lecture in Multiracial Realities Speaker Series

March 16, 2005

(University Park, Pa) — Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore, associate professor of African-American studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will be the next featured speaker in the Penn State College of Health and Human Development’s (HHD) multiracial realities speaker series.

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Rockquemore’s presentation, “Life on the Color Line: Rethinking Racial Identity Development in Post Civil-Rights America,” will take place at noon on Tuesday, April 5 in the Bennett-Pierce Living Center (110 Henderson Building). The event, which includes light refreshments and a book signing by Rockqumore, is free and open to the public.

Throughout her career, Rockquemore’s research has focused on emerging patterns in U.S. race relations, with a special focus on interracial families, racial identity development and the politics of racial categorization. Her first book, Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America, interrogates myths about mixed-race people by documenting how people with one black and one white parent develop various racial identities. Her forthcoming book, Raising the Biracial Child: From Theory to Practice, extends this line of research by introducing a new theoretical framework for identity development and providing practical strategies for social service providers, therapists, teachers and parents of multiracial children. Her research has earned awards from the Association of Black Sociologists and the North Central Sociological Association and has been featured in the New York Times.

Rockquemore’s presentation is part of the speaker series, “Multiracial Realities: Exploring What We Know, Acknowledging What We Are Missing,” which is sponsored by the Penn State Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Context. Co-sponsors for the series, which explores societal issues currently facing multiracial individuals and families in America, include the Africana Research Center; the Center for Work and Family Research; the Rock Ethics Institute; the Children, Youth and Families Consortium; and the College of Health and Human Development.

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Editors: For additional information, please contact either Bill Hessert in the College of Health and Human Development at (814) 863-4325 or swh4@psu.edu, or Stephanie Ebeling in the Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts at (814) 863-7108 or sje2@psu.edu .