Feb 22

Conceptions of Race in the West Indies and the U.S.

Guest Lecturer: Milton Vickerman, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Milton Vickerman completed his doctorate at New York University in 1991 and joined the Sociology Department of the University of Virginia in 1994. His research focuses on race, the Caribbean, immigration, and assimilation. Mr. Vickerman has written widely on West Indians and West Indian immigrants, analyzing their reception in, and responses to, American society. His book, Crosscurrents: West Indian Immigrants and Race compares West Indian and American views of race, examining how West Indian immigrants deal with the racial discrimination that they experience in the United States. Mr. Vickerman's current research examines processes of assimilation among upwardly mobile African Americans in an affluent Washington, D.C. suburb. Over the years, Mr. Vickerman has presented his research to audiences at Williams College, Columbia University, Harvard University, the City University of New York, and Long Island University. Professor Vickerman teaches SOC 341: Race and Ethnicity, an introductory course that examines the social and economic conditions promoting prejudice, racism, discrimination, and segregation.

ABSTRACT: This lecture will discuss differences between conceptions of race in the West Indies and in the U.S. and what happens when the two meet through immigration.