A&M-Texarkana to present author of ‘Searching for Whitopia’


The Program for Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE) at Texas A&M University-Texarkana will present political scientist, journalist, cultural analyst and author Richard Benjamin in a virtual lecture onWednesday, March 8, from 6-8 p.m. in University Center 217 on the A&M-Texarkana campus, 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas.


Benjamin, who appears regularly in public debates featured on NPR, MSNBC and C-SPAN and in The New York Times, will discuss his book, “Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America.”


In the book, Benjamin documents his journeys to find out why more and more white Americans move to small towns and areas that are, for the most part, white, and to explain why these areas are growing and what it means for the United States.


The lecture also will be available online at https://tamut.zoom.us/my/rleighton. Participants will be prompted to download the free Zoom software after clicking the link.


PLACE is a faculty-led program designed to create a community of learners comprising A&M-Texarkana students, faculty, staff and the community at large. PLACE chooses an annual theme around which to organize a lecture series and other activities that provide focal points for learning and discussion. This year’s theme is “Race and Ethnicity.”


“I am pleased to be working with PLACE to bring our first virtual lecturer to the TAMUT community,” said Dr. Rebecca Leighton, assistant professor of instructional technology. “I feel that Rich Benjamin’s book shines a light on racial and economic divides in America and look forward to his contribution to our conversation on ‘Race and Ethnicity.’  I hope you join us in person or online for this event.”


For more information, contact Dr. Rebecca Martindale Leighton at Rebecca.Leighton@tamut.edu, Dr. Michael Perri at Michael.Perri@tamut.edu or Dr. Craig Nakashian at Craig.Nakashian@tamut.edu.


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