Thu, Jan 26, 2012 11:49 AM EST

Facing Race is the largest national, multi-racial gathering of leaders, educators, journalists, and activists on racial justice. It's taking place November 15-17 in Baltimore, and yesterday,'s publisher, Applied Research Center, [announced the keynote speaker is Junot Díaz! ]( ARC's mission to popularize racial justice led to the selection of celebrated Dominican-American author Junot Díaz as [Facing Race ]( speaker. From his Pulitzer Prize-winning, NYTimes bestselling novel, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, to his short stories and essays, Díaz is renowned for his bold, nuanced depiction of immigrants and people of color, moving far beyond stereotypes to deal with different degrees of historical and intergenerational trauma, issues of diasporic displacement, and immigration. Through Díaz's writing, the impact of internalized and structural oppression is revealed in a way that makes a discussion about racial justice accessible and engaging. Join and the Applied Research Center and be part of the discussion. Define justice. Make Change. Visit []( for more information and to register to attend Facing Race in Baltimore November 15-17.