November 15 - November 17, 2012 | Baltimore, Maryland

Facing Race is a conference like no other - it is the largest national, multi-racial gathering of leaders, educators, journalists, artists, and activists on racial justice. Attendees share their knowledge on advocating for racial justice in all walks of life. And this year we are especially excited to be welcoming keynote speaker Junot D�az!

Keynote speaker Diaz received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2007 novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. In D�az's writing, the impact of structural racism is illustrated in a tangible, accessible and engaging way. His reflections on culture, art, and resistance will inform our discussions about racial justice.

Facing Race conference sessions will address topics such as 2012 election, economy, arts & culture, education reform, multiracial organizing, immigrant rights, and the development of racial justice leadership and training models. Workshops offer attendees a chance to develop hands-on strategies for positive social change.

The post-election timing of ARC's 2012 Facing Race National Conference is fitting as the Applied Research Center celebrates its 30th Anniversary, reviewing key racial justice successes over the past 30 years and setting a bold, ambitious course for the next 30. Elections come and go, but the work to advance racial justice and achieve equity will continue. Facing Race attendees will talk politics and examine the cultural landscape from a racial justice perspective, evolving strategies for policy change in the coming years.

Previous Facing Race speakers have included: Melissa Harris-Perry, Van Jones, Walter Mosley, Eddie Palmieri, and Sherman Alexie.

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