Young Innovators / Myth of Post-Racial America
Almost 500 students from around the Tampa Bay region entered this year’s USF Young Innovators Competition, coming up with possible solutions to problems that inventors twice their age haven’t solved yet. University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to the finals and introduces you to the winners and their creations.
Some people thought that the election of President Obama would be a turning point in race relations in America, but a USF researcher says that's not the case; we may be further apart than ever before. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 talks with Professor H. Roy Kaplan about his new book, "The Myth of Post-Racial America," and finds out what he thinks is keeping us from overcoming our differences.
USF Young Innovators Competition Director Anton Hopen talks about the origins and purpose of the Competition, as well as who it’s open to and why it’s important USF is involved.
We hear from some of the Competition’s finalist judges, infomercial guru Kevin Harrington and USF’s Dr. Karen Holbrook. Anton Hopen and USF’s Dr. Paul Sanberg also talk about the group that judged the preliminary round, the National Academy of Inventors.
Dr. Sanberg, who also served as a judge, is the Academy's President.
USF Sr. VP for Research, Innovation & Global Affairs Karen Holbrook on the importance of encouraging younger students to learn through events like the Competition.
H. Roy Kaplan, Research Associate Professor in the USF Africana Studies Department, shares his thoughts on the role race plays in America's classrooms and his own experiences as a white educator studying the issue.
Professor Kaplan talks about why the book, "The Myth of Post-Racial America," looks at race from not just a sociological perspective, but from a biological and historical one as well.
Anton J. Hopen, Director, Innovation Express
National Academy of Inventors
Myth of Post-Racial America
H. Roy Kaplan, Research Assoc. Professor, USF Africana Studies Department
Amazon.com link to â€œThe Myth of Post-Racial America: Searching for Equality in the Age of Materialismâ€
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Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.