Race in the COVID Era: What America's History of Racism and Xenophobia Means for Today

As COVID-19 has swept across the United States, it has unmasked and amplified existing racial inequities.  Rampant fear and misinformation has provoked a wave of discrimination, harassment, and hate targeting those of Chinese and Asian descent.  The disease has also had a disproportionate toll on historically marginalized populations, including African Americans and Native Americans, due to unequal access to health care, residential segregation, poverty, and incarceration.  Join a conversation that will situate these developments within the long history of racism, exclusion, and scapegoating in the United States.  Panelists will discuss strategies to address marginalization and empower impacted communities.


  • Andy Kim, Congressman from New Jersey's 3rd District
  • Beth Lew-Williams, Associate Professor of History, Princeton University
  • Keith Wailoo, Chair and Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs
  • Helen Zia '73, Activist and author
  • Aly Kassam-Remtulla, Associate Provost for International Affairs, Princeton University (moderator)

This event will be online via Facebook Live and  Zoom Webinar.  To register for the Webinar please go to https://inclusive.princeton.edu/equity-inclusion-and-covid-19 

Sponsored by the Associate Provost for International Affairs and Operations and the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity.


June 8, 2020


4:00 p.m.


Online via Zoom Webinar