Library Reopening with Limited, In-Person Services

All Des Moines Public Library locations will reopen for some in-person services on a limited basis on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Go HERE for all the details about our new hours, services, and offerings at each DMPL location

Baked into the Cake: Race and Policy in the United States

Primary tabs

Program Type:


Age Group:


Program Description

Event Details

Dr. Kevin Gannon, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professor of History at Grand View University, will speak on how the inequalities and injustices with which we struggle today are deeply rooted in our history. The presentation seeks to explore the ways in which contemporary policies and their impact upon communities are shaped by their historical contexts. In particular, by examining the idea of Race in America, especially as seen in the twin legacies of indigenous removal and African American enslavement, we can acquire the tools to address present-day structures of inequality in more purposeful and effective ways.