On the Same Page: Explaining CRT

Join Random House and UnTextbooked for a conversation with Victor Ray, author of ON CRITICAL RACE THEORY

August 3, 2022 in Zoom

What exactly is critical race theory?

With all of the challenges we face today, it seems more urgent than ever that we as a nation nurture the growth of young people as informed civic leaders and participants. In order to do so, we have to find ways to communicate and understand one another across differences when we talk about systems of power, our collective histories, and specific identities.

Join Random House in partnership with UnTextbooked, a podcast for the future brought to you by teen changemakers, on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Zoom for On the Same Page: Explaining CRT, a virtual, cross-generational conversation with a renowned scholar of critical race theory and two inquisitive young podcaster-journalists.

Featuring Victor Ray, author of On Critical Race Theory: Why It Matters and Why You Should Care, and co-moderated by students Sydne Clarkeand Victor Ye, this discussion aims to demystify the often-misconstrued framework that theorizes the ways in which racism is embedded in our social institutions.

As states continue to legislate the banning of critical race theory in districts across the country, the generation coming of age right now wonders what CRT is and what it is not. Why is it such a flashpoint in today’s national conversation? Why do people want it banned so badly? And with divisions over ideas like CRT, how can we achieve harmony living in a diverse world?

When you register for your free ticket, you will also have the option to purchase On Critical Race Theory. Orders will be fulfilled and shipped by our independent bookstore partner, Brazos Bookstore. You do not have to purchase a book to attend the event.

We hope you join us for this important conversation.




About UnTextbooked

UnTextbooked is a unique youth media company that has created a new way to generate and distribute historical content and thinking to and by young people. The UnTextbooked podcast consists of teen-led interviews with leading historians and leaders of applied history. Each episode models engaging with the past in a way that is nonpartisan and inspires critical thinking and intergenerational dialog. They are at www.untextbooked.com.




About the Speakers

Victor Ray was born in Pittsburgh and raised in western Pennsylvania. After receiving his bachelor of arts in urban studies at Vassar, he earned his PhD from Duke University in 2014. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including American Sociological Review and The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Dr. Ray is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and his research has been funded by the Ford Foundation. As an active public scholar, his social and critical commentary has appeared in outlets such as The Washington Post, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, and Boston Review. Victor Ray currently resides in Iowa City.

Sydne Clarke is an eighteen-year-old Emmaus High School Senior from Lower Macungie, PA. Over the past two years, Sydne has cultivated her school’s first Black Student Union, co-founded Students Organizing Against Racism in the East Penn School District chapter, and delivered numerous spoken words at New York Presbyterian Hospital engagements. In the Fall, Sydne Clarke will be attending Howard University to study Political Science and minor in Afro-American studies.

Victor Ye is a twenty-year-old undergraduate student at the University of Southern California studying Communication and Cinematic Arts. He started the UnTextbooked podcast in 2020, and is heavily passionate about youth representation in media. Previously in high school, he started a global education nonprofit dedicated to helping young people start social impact projects at scale and was recognized as a Princess Diana Awardee in Humanitarianism, Global Teen Leader, and Bezos Scholar.

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August 3, 2022
7:30 PM ET
August 3, 2022
8:30 PM ET



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