June 24 Lecture: Reflections on "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism"

Please join us for this important lecture:

Reflections on "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism"

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
10 a.m. - 12 noon
Speaker: Ralph Bangs, Ph.D.

In 2018, the book, "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism," by author Robin DiAngelo, was published to great acclaim and became a New York Times bestseller. In her book, DiAngelo captures with great detail the idea of race-based stress. She describes how white people in North America are both protected and insulated by their environment from race-based stress. The author proposes that this protection makes it difficult for white people to securely and constructively engage in difficult discussions on race without retreating or experiencing guilt, anger and/or fear, hence the term "white fragility." In this lecture, we will explore the core concepts outlined in this seminal book in order to understand ourselves and our current experience in 2020 in the United States. Attendees should expect to, perhaps, feel some discomfort with the subject matter. This reflection will be followed by questions, answers, and discussion between the instructor and attendees. This lecture will be delivered via the Zoom platform.

About the Speaker: Ralph Bangs has a PhD in Public Policy Research and Analysis. He has taught race for many years at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and in study abroad programs. He was associate director of the Center on Race and Social Problems at Pitt. His most recent book is Race and Social Problems: Restructuring Inequality. He is the recipient of several racial justice and leadership awards.

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