CORVALLIS - Michael Omi, co-author of the book "Racial Formation in the United States," will give a free public lecture on Thursday, April 8, that looks at Americans' concepts of race and racial classification.

His talk, "(Mis)Understanding Race: Racial Classification and the Ideology of Colorblindness," begins at 4 p.m. in Room 305 of the Pharmacy Building. It is free and open to the public.

Omi chairs the ethnic studies program at the University of California-Berkeley. He has written numerous articles on racial theory and politics, Asian Americans and social stratification, racist and anti-racist social movements, and other topics relating to race.

Since 1995, he has co-edited a book series on Asian American history and culture for the Temple University Press.

Omi teaches courses at UC-Berkeley on the history of Asians in America, Asian American politics and political movements, and racial theory and politics. He has a Ph.D. in sociology form the University of California-Santa Cruz.

In 1990, Omi received the University of California-Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award.

His OSU lecture is sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, OSU Student Affairs, the University Honors College, and Convocations and Lectures.

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Ethnic Studies, 541-737-0709