The Third Rail Series

third rail
n.
1. The rail that supplies the high voltage to power a train on an electric railway.
2. A subject that tends to be avoided because of its controversial nature.

The Third Rail Series aims to address some of the most thorny and contentious social, political and cultural issues related to race and ethnicity in contemporary society. 

Charged yet pivotal subjects such as affirmative action, welfare, immigration amnesty, reconciliation over slavery and Native American sovereignty, genocide, structural racism, colorblindness, cultural/racial/ethnic stereotype, mass media imagery and everyday racism will be addressed by respected scholars on the subject. Their accessible public presentations will be designed to inform and move public discussion forward.  

Please join us for our inaugural Third Rail lecture on Thursday, April 3, 2014 featuring Dr. George Lipsitz, University of California, Santa Barbara.