Published: Nov. 18, 2021

The College of Media, Communication and Information invites you to join the conversation about anti-Asian racism with Professor Jennifer Ho during its upcoming One College Colloquium. 

  • What: CMCI One College Colloquium: A Conversation with Professor Jennifer Ho on Anti-Asian Racism
  • Who: Jennifer Ho, professor of ethnic studies and director of CU’s Center for Humanities and the Arts, and Angie Chuang, an associate professor of journalism in CMCI 
  • When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2
  • Where: Virtually, on Zoom. The free event is open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

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The event will feature an audience Q&A and a discussion between Angie Chuang, associate professor of journalism and award-winning reporter, and Ho, professor of ethnic studies and a leading voice on campus and beyond in discussions of racism and racial justice.

Since the spread of COVID-19, anti-Chinese and anti-Asian harassment has been on the rise globally. Ho’s analysis of these incidents has furthered national conversations on the climate of racism through interviews, publications in major news outlets, speaking engagements and more.

“No matter who you are, no matter where you work, no matter what your discipline is in, you can do something about anti-Asian racism,” said Ho, president of the Association for Asian American Studies.

Together, Ho and Chuang will delve into the current wave of anti-Asian racism, particularly its roots in historic discriminatory legislation, policy and stereotypes. They will discuss the political and cultural climate of racism toward Asians and Asian Americans and analyze the impacts of news coverage of high-profile events affecting these communities.   

“We’ll never get to where we want to be as a society if we don’t understand how race plays a role in it,” Chuang said. “It’s hard to talk about, and we’re going to give people some vocabulary to talk about it.”

The CMCI One College Colloquium series is one of several ways in which the college seeks to foster and support interdisciplinary engagement and a vibrant intellectual community of artists, humanities scholars, social scientists and designers within the college, across the campus and beyond the university.

Past colloquia have focused on environmental communication and immigration. This year’s colloquia will bring an interdisciplinary focus on the many ways that media, communication and information relate to racial justice.