Author Tim Wise to discuss 'Racism, White Denial and Privilege in America' on Jan. 25 at UM-Dearborn

January 4, 2008

DEARBORN / Jan. 4, 2008---Tim Wise, an activist, lecturer and director of the Association for White Anti-Racist Education (AWARE), will visit the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Friday, Jan. 25 to talk about “Racism, White Denial and Privilege in America” during the campus’s Conversation on Race discussion series.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Center’s Kochoff Hall, located off of the campus’s Richard Drive.

Wise, author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, will talk about race from a white male’s perspective. His book “works from anecdote rather than academic argument to recount his path to greater cultural awareness in a colloquial, matter-of-fact quasi-memoir that urges white people to fight racism ‘for our own sake’,” according to a review by Publisher’s Weekly.

“Tim Wise is one of the most prominent anti-racism speakers in the country,” according to Cory Anderson, student activities supervisor at UM-Dearborn. “He has spoken to more than 300,000 people in 48 states and at more than 350 college campuses. He trains people to dismantle racism in their institutions including schools, health care systems, neighborhoods and other communities.”

UM-Dearborn’s “A Conversation on Race” series is held each semester to promote open, honest discussion about racial issues, featuring a guest speaker or presentation followed by large- and small-group discussion.

“We seek to explain our experiences with race and validate the experiences of others as we develop personal and institutional strategies to combat racism in all its forms,” according to Anderson.

The event is sponsored by UM-Dearborn’s Student Activities Office and New Detroit, a coalition of Detroit-area leaders who focus on the issue of race relations and economic and social equity.

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