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Arts and Culture Presentation
Shifting Zeitgeist: Reflections on the Forces Reshaping the Nation's Understanding of Race

- A Presentation by Troy Duster -

For Release: Monday, August 3, 2020                                     

Contact: Su-Yin Bickner,

What:   A special presentation by Ashby Village's Arts and Culture committee with Dr. Troy Duster.


Who:   Troy Duster is Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is the past-president of the American Sociological Association, and he served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.  He is the author of The Legislation of Morality: Law, Drugs, and Moral Judgment and Backdoor to Eugenics.  In the late 1990s, he chaired the Human Genome Project’s National Advisory Committee on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues.  He is also Emeritus Silver Professor of Sociology and former Director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge at New York University.

This event is hosted by Ashby Village, a non-profit organization serving Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, North Oakland and Richmond, is creating online programming to support older adults to remain engaged and connected while continuing to shelter in place. More information about Ashby Village is available at

When:  Sunday, August 16, 2-4 p.m. 


Why: There is so much going on in this country that it is impossible to even try to summarize the nature and extent of turmoil in either the political sphere or the many reverberations of the pandemic. There were daily protests on the streets of more than 140 cities for several weeks, and the composition of the protesters was unusually and notably diverse.  So, of course, the next questions are why, and why now, and will it make a difference? Troy Duster will try to address one key aspect of these developments – the shifting portraiture of the idea of racism as “systemic”.


Where: Join via Zoom Webinar:

Or call to join: (669) 900-9128 // Meeting ID: 841 3720 0643



RSVP to: or call 510-204-9200


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