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UNI to host expert on racial stratification and race relations

February 24, 2012

Xavier Escandell, associate professor, sociology, anthropology and criminology, 319-273-3932,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, professor of sociology at Duke University, for a lecture "The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in Contemporary America," at 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 2, 002 Sabin Hall, on the UNI campus.

In this lecture, Bonilla-Silva will argue that there is something akin to grammar that structures cognition, vision and even feelings on all sorts of racial matters. This grammar normalizes the standards of white supremacy as the norms for many social events and personal interactions. He will use a variety of data to highlight how this grammar works and what it accomplishes.

For more information, contact Xavier Escandell, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology, at 319-273-3932 or