Italy, like other European counterparts, aspires to be "color-blind" by not officially acknowledging race and racial differences. The United States, in contrast, is often viewed as "race-obsessed" because race questions are standard throughout institutions. In her upcoming book An Ugly Word: Rethinking "Race" in Italy (co-authored with Marcello Maneri), Ann Morning explores how the treatment of race in a country affects society's perception of people from different ethnic backgrounds. The book's findings are based on interviews with college and vocational school students in three Italian cities and undergraduate students in the Northeastern United States.
Ann J. Morning, New York University
Natasha Warikoo, Tufts University; CES Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
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