Feeling Race, Feeling Trump: The Social Significance of Racialized Emotions in Trump's America

November 15, 2019 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The New York State Sociological Association (NYSSA) welcomes the Nazareth community (students, staff and faculty) and the public to Professor Bonilla-Silva's lecture, which is part of its 67th annual meeting November 15-16, 2019, at Nazareth College.

Racialized emotions (the specific emotions connected to racial orders) are part of modernity. Once racism emerged and races were created, the racial edifice was suffused with emotions. In this talk, Professor Bonilla-Silva will illustrate his recent theorization on racialized emotions with the case of President Trump. Specifically, he will illustrate how he has used emotions as the fulcrum of his political appeal. He will conclude outlining some ideas to produce a “feeling of equality” and how to craft a radical counter-emotional plan to move us closer to the “beloved community” aspired by Martin Luther King.

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Ph.D., is the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology at Duke University, and has secondary appointments in African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He writes on racial theory, racial ideology, racism and methodology, and contemporary racial politics. He is currently Past President of the Southern Sociological Society and the American Sociological Association.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Office of the Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Faculty Development Committee, Office of the Vice President for Community and Belonging, Writing Center, Department of English and Communications, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of History and Political Science, and the Department of Religious Studies.

Friday November 15, 2019 7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Shults Forum

 Feeling Race, Feeling Trump: The Social Significance of Racialized Emotions in Trump's America