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Local Conference Tackles Race Relations

The election of Barack Obama in 2008 as the country's first African-American president prompted a renewed exploration of race relations in the United States. That discussion has faded into the background somewhat as the nation grapples with the recession, job loss and health care reform.

But it is not forgotten. This weekend the Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity holds a conference downtown for some 400 scholars and business leaders to confront the issues of race.

Becky Reno of the Kirwan Institute is one of the conference organizers. She talked with WOSU's Marilyn Smith

Becky Reno is a Senior Researcher at the Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State. The conference "Transforming Race 2010" continues at the Hyatt on Capitol Square through Saturday.