Int'l SIG: The Past and Future of the Color Brown



  • Join us to hear Richard Rodriguez speak about the globalization of the United States - the browning of America.



    Richard Rodriguez, Author, Journalist and Editor


    About the Presenter

    Richard Rodriguez

    Richard Rodriguez is an editor at the Pacific News Service in San Francisco and a contributing editor for Harper's magazine and the Sunday Opinion Section of the Los Angeles Times. He appears regularly as an essayist on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.

    A comment from an interview re his book BROWN:

    "What interests me about the color brown is that it is a color produced by so many colors. It is a fine mess of a color. Initially, I had a sense that most Americans probably regard Hispanics as brown. But my interest was not in the Hispanic part of that observation but in the brown part of it -- what is brown? And it seemed to me that the larger questions about America that the color raised is the fact that we are, all of us, in our various colors, our various hues, melting into each other and creating a brown nation. I tried to write a brown book, that is, brownly, by engaging contradiction and paradox, and rhetorical devices that suggest the way that I experience my own life."

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    "A poetic, often contrarian meditation on race in modern AmericaŠ. [Rodriguez's] democratic spirit and the absence of special pleading are both refreshing. Elegant, controversial, and altogether memorable."

         -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


    Event Logistics


    Silicon Valley World Internet Center

    700 Welch Road, Suite 250

    Stanford Barn (2nd floor)

    Palo Alto, CA


    6:30-7:00pm registration/networking/refreshments

    7:00-7:15pm announcements and introductions

    7:15-8:30pm program

    8:30-9:00pm networking/one-on-one discussions



    $15 for non-SDForum Members

    No charge for SDForum members and students with ID

    No registration required

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