Cover of Neo-Race RealitiesDr. Heather Harris, professor of communication at Stevenson University, will speak at Bird in Hand, 11 E. 33rd Street, on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The discussion will center around  topics addressed in her latest book, Neo-race Realities in the Obama Era. Other presenters will include Dr. Douglas-Wade Brunton, a media ethnographer, whose interests include the relationship between media and identity; Dr. Omowale Elson, the vice-president for business development at Elson Consulting Group and a professor of communication; and Dr. Zoe Hess Carney, a research and teaching professional whose work focuses on rhetoric and politics.

Dr. Harris is also the co-editor (with Kimberly R. Moffitt and Catherine R. Squires) of The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign, also published by SUNY Press.