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Tweeting the Black Tourism Experience, October 4

Stefanie Benjamin, assistant professor in the UT Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, will present “Tweeting the Black Tourism Experience” Friday, October 4.

African Americans in the United States have long been confronted with harassment and discrimination while traveling due to segregated lodging, restaurants, and other leisure activities. Benjamin’s work builds on previous research on the Black travel experience, analyzing more than 300 tweets using the hashtag #TravelingWhileBlack through a critical race theory lens. By analyzing how Black tourists are traveling, Benjamin reveals how experiential knowledge of Black travelers can contribute to the learning environment of the tourism industry.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, Oct. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Room A.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac.