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Black History Month lecture focuses on countervailing forces of racial progress

The Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine’s upcoming Grand Rounds and Black History Month lecture, “Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back? The Countervailing Forces of Radical Progress,” will be presented by Candis Watts Smith, PhD.

A head and shoulders profession photo of Candis Watts Smith, PhD

Candis Watts Smith, PhD

Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Penn State in University Park. She received her BA, MA and PhD in political science from Duke University. Dr. Smith’s research highlights the role race and ethnicity play in shaping the American political landscape.

She is the author of “Black Mosaic: The Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Identity” (NYU Press, 2014) and the co-author of “Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making Black Lives Matter” (NYU Press, 2019) and “Racial Stasis: The Millennial Generation and the Stagnation of Racial Attitudes in American Politics” (University of Chicago Press, 2020).

Participants are encouraged to bring lunch; refreshments and light snacks will be provided by the Department of Humanities.

This event is free and open to the public, and registration is not required.

For details, email Lori Ricard at

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