An Ugly Word: Rethinking “Race” In Italy—and Worldwide


WHEN October 11, 2022
5-6:30 PM EST WHERE 19 Washington Square North WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in New York Open to the Public

Although race is a familiar, everyday topic in the US, that is hardly the case everywhere. In Italy, sociologists Ann Morning (NYU) and Marcello Maneri (University of Milan-Bicocca) found, just the mention of it regularly elicited the reaction, “Che brutta parola! What an ugly word!” This panel explores the findings from their new book, An Ugly Word, which compares discourse and beliefs about difference in Italy and the US, and proposes a new framework for studying concepts of difference across national borders.

This event is open to the general public. Registration (using the form on the right) is required. Vaccination status will be verified at the door. 

  • Ann Morning, Author, "An Ugly Word: Rethinking Race in Italy and the United States" (Russell Sage Foundation, 2022); Professor of Sociology, NYU
  • Clifton Boyd, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, NYU
  • Duncan Yoon, Assistant Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU

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