Sept. 5, 2008
Dr. Mohammad A. Chaichian, professor of sociology and the recipient of the 2008-2010 Dr. Thomas Feld Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will lecture and read from his book “White Racism on the Western Urban Frontier: Dynamics of Race and Class in Dubuque, Iowa (1800-2000)” on Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue.
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
Chaichian was previously a member of the faculty at the University of Dubuque from 1986 to 1993. During his tenure at Dubuque the city made national headlines when a sudden eruption of white-against-black hate crimes, along with a city initiative to encourage minorities to move to the area, polarized the community.
While at Dubuque, Chaichian taught a course on the city’s social history and studied the relationship between the city’s political economy and its race relations. After the city’s racial crisis subsided, Chaichian appeared before the Iowa Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to provide a sociological analysis of the crisis.
His book “White Racism on the Western Frontier,” published by Africa World Press, Inc., examines almost 200 years of race and ethnic relations and white-on-black racism in Iowa’s oldest industrial city.
Chaichian has been at Mount Mercy since 1994. He holds master’s degrees from the University of Tehran in Iran and the University of Michigan and a doctorate degree from Michigan State University.