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Baruch College Welcomes Author Barbara J. Fields

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Author of Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life

NEW YORK, NY- March 13, 2014 - Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences invites you to a talk and book signing with Barbara J. Fields on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.. A Q&A with the author will follow the presentation.

Barbara Fields, Professor of History at Columbia University, will discuss racism in America and her book Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life.

In her book, Fields states that the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what she calls “racecraft.” And this phenomenon is intimately entwined with other forms of inequality in American life. So pervasive are the devices of racecraft in American history, economic doctrine, politics, and everyday thinking that the presence of racecraft itself goes unnoticed, says the author.

Barbara J. Fields specializes in southern history and 19th-century social history. She received her B.A. from Harvard (1968) and her Ph.D. from Yale (1978). She is the author of Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland during the Nineteenth Century (1985) and coauthor of The Destruction of Slavery (1985), Slaves No More: Three Essays on Emancipation and the Civil War (1992), and Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War (1992).

WHAT: Discussion with Author Barbara J. Fields

WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Baruch College Newman Vertical Campus
55 Lexington Avenue at 24th Street
Room 3-165



About Weissman School of Sciences:

The Weissman Center for International Business is designed to enable Baruch College to respond to the global economy with programs appropriate to a preeminent school of business. Guided by an advisory council of distinguished executives, the Center’s activities enrich Baruch student’s preparation for careers in global work-place by building bridges between the worlds of academia and international business. The Weissman Center for International Business sponsors numerous programs, conferences, and forums for students, faculty, and business professionals that enrich understanding of critical issues in international business and the global economy.


About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to

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