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    Words on the Move

    Professor John McWhorter talked about his book Words on the Move: Why English Won’t - and Can’t - Sit Still (Like, Literally), in which he examines how language and word meanings change…

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    Prospects for Black America, Restoring the Family

    Panelists discussed ways of maintaining family cohesiveness in the African-American community. Topics included innovative social structures such as those which could serve as teachers for youth who have no fathers. John…

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    Prospects for Black America, Reducing Crime

    Panelists talked about reducing crime in black communities. Topics included incarceration rates, the legalization of drugs, and the breakdown of the family. “Reducing Crime Rates in the Black Community” was…

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    What Language Is

    Linguist John McWhorter examined the principals behind the world’s languages. The author argued that languages are not rigid constructions but rather open to growth by the continuous usage by a…

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    In Depth with John McWhorter

    John McWhorter talked about his life, his career, and his body of writing. Topics included his careers as a linguist and as a commentator on race. He responded to telephone calls and electronic…

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    All About the Beat

    John McWhorter talked about his book, All about the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can’t Save Black America, published by Gotham. In his book Mr. McWhorter argues that hip-hop and rap are…

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    All about the Beat

    John McWhorter, appearing by remote access from New York City, talked about his latest book, All about the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can’t Save Black America, published by Gotham. Topics included…

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    The Historical Context of Allan Bloom

    As part of a conference celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the release of Allan Bloom’s The Closing of The American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of…

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    BookTV In Depth Vignettes

    In Depth focused on the lives and writings of numerous authors. Authors included Shelby Foote, Ray Kurzweil, Taylor Branch, John Hope Franklin, David Lewis, Shelby Steele, Harold Holzer, Nell…

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    Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America

    Mr. McWhorter discussed some of the themes of his book Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, published by The Free Press. In his book Mr. McWhorter argues that the black…

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    Race and Ethnicity

    John McWhorter talked about his writings on race, ethnicity, and cultural issues as well as other topics in the news. He is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Race and…

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    Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority

    Mr. McWhorter talked about his book Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority, published by Gotham Books. The book is a collection of nine essays on the nature of being African-American today and a dissection of currents the…

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    Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America

    Mr. McWhorter delivered the April Bradley Lecture. He talked about his book, Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America, published by Gotham. In this sequel to his 2000 book, Losing the Race,…

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    Assuring Fair Elections Panel

    Panelists talked about election procedures, the disputes arising over the 200 presidential elections, efforts to improve the accuracy of election results, and voter access to polling places and the political…

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    The Enduring Legacy of Slavery

    Moderated by Professor Blight, a panel of black scholars from history, law, linguistics, and business discussed the nature of historical justice in regard to slavery in the United States and how…

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    Race and Class Issues

    Professor McWhorter talked about race and the Hurricane Katrina responses. He talked about the creation of a class of persons in poverty who were taught not to work in the 1960s and 1970s.…

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    Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language

    Professor McWhorter discussed his book Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care, published by Gotham Books. The book explores the growing…

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    Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America

    Mr. McWhorter talked about his book Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, published by the Free Press. The book looks at what the author argues is the lack of achievement in the…

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