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In mid-March, law professor Jody Armour, author of “Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America” (1997), delivered a series of lectures on U.S. race relations and the civil rights movement at major universities across Poland. Traveling at the request and under the aegis of the U.S. Department of State and the American Embassy in Poland, Armour addressed such varied topics as the stereotypical images of African Americans brought to Europe via MTV and other popular media; unconscious and conscious biases and ways of overcoming them; and analogies between racial justice issues in American and social justice issues in Poland and throughout Europe.

Legal scholar Mary Dudziak’s “Cold War Civil Rights” – which contends that the U.S. was saving face internationally by supporting civil rights – was one of eight finalists for this year’s Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial presents an annual award to the book which “most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy’s purposes, his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity.”