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“Structural Racism: Impeding the American Dream for Us All” (StraightTalk 2021 Part Two of Three)

September 7, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

September 7, 6:30-8 p.m.
McAlister Auditorium and Zoom Webinar

“Structural Racism: It’s Real, It Matters, and Why Change Can Happen Now” is a three-part StraightTalk series presented by the Riley Institute and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in partnership with South Carolina ETV.

Join us on August 31, September 7, and September 14 as we explore the continued impact of structural racism ?— the broad system of policies, practices, structures, and norms that perpetuate and reinforce racial inequities ?— in the United States and what we can do as a community and a country to create a more just society.

On September 7, Heather McGhee, economic and social policy expert and author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, will be joined by The Hon. Dick Riley, former U.S. secretary of education and former South Carolina governor, for a conversation that will focus on how racial equity isn’t a zero-sum game. Ken Peterson, vice president for academic affairs and provost and professor of economics at Furman, will moderate the discussion, which will touch on issues such as predatory lending and housing inequity, lower wages and rising debt, and the loss of public goods. Following this conversation, South Carolina Public Radio reporter Thelisha Eaddy will host a conversation with local leaders including Lillian Brock Flemming, a longtime member of Greenville City Council, and David Lominack, market president of South Carolina for TD Bank, about racial equity in Greenville, and specifically, the issue of affordable housing.

To learn more about the series and register, visit

Ticket information

General public (virtual only): $10 per session | $25 entire series

Furman students (in-person only): No registration required. CLP pending.

Furman faculty and staff may choose in-person or virtual attendance. No registration required for in-person attendance. Email for virtual registration information.

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September 7, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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