Interracial Communication Scholar Tina Harris to Unpack Research from Latest Book, ‘Dismantling Racism, One Relationship at a Time,’ at LSU Reilly Center Event

January 29, 2024

BATON ROUGE—LSU Professor Tina M. Harris, Ph.D., will explore the power of interracial communication to break down forms of systemic oppression at a book talk and signing on Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. CT at LSU Journalism Building’s Holliday Forum. The event—“Dismantling Racism, One Relationship at a Time,” the book’s namesake—is hosted by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

At the discussion and book signing, Harris, the Manship School’s Douglas L. Manship Sr.-Dori Maynard Race, Media, and Cultural Literacy Endowed Chair, will encourage the audience to think critically about the complex conditions and personal impact of racism. She will further encourage organic interracial relations that implement changes in systems that sustain racial division.

Denetria “Nikki” Lee, a graduate student at the Manship School, will facilitate the discussion.

“I look forward to interviewing my mentor on her research,” Lee said. “Examining new perspectives, in addition to our own, allows for immense improvement in both self-awareness and societal upbringing.”

Harris is an internationally renowned interracial communication scholar with interests in race, media representations and racial social justice. Her pedagogy, research and service at LSU are aimed to empower others with the communication and critical thinking skills necessary for becoming global citizens. She hopes these efforts equip students to use an applied approach, where theory leads to practice in a world where racial, ethnic and cultural diversity are inevitably welcome.

“The Reilly Center welcomes and thanks both Dr. Harris and Nikki for assisting in educating our audience,” said Reilly Center Director Jenée Slocum, Ph.D. “We look forward to learning more about this work and how we can implement strategies into daily life.”

The book talk will take place Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Holliday Forum of the LSU Journalism Building. Admission is free and open to the public. Register for the event on Eventbrite, or watch the livestream on the Manship School’s YouTube Channel.

Parking meters located in the West Stadium lot and the Union Square Garage can be accessed from East Campus Drive. Visitor parking is available on the second, third and fourth floors of the garage for $1.50 per hour. For more information about visitor parking at LSU, visit the LSU Parking website.

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