Tim Wise, American anti-racism activist, will present a talk, “Colorblind: the Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Great Retreat from Racial Equity” on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Albright Auditorium. Wise will discuss the concept of “illuminated individualism,” acknowledging the diverse identities that have shaped perceptions on the role that race plays in the United States.
The lecture is presented by the HWS Race and Racism Coalition and is co-sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Office of Student Activities, the Centennial Center for Leadership, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, the Office of Intercultural Affairs, William Smith Congress and the Hobart Student Government.
Wise is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 20 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on more than 1,000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally, in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.
Author of six influential books on the topic of race, Wise has been featured in a number of documentaries and appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues. He was also featured in a 2007 segment on ABC News’ “20/20.” He graduated from Tulane University and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond in New Orleans.
Formed in the fall of 2012, the HWS Race and Racism Coalition is comprised of students, faculty and staff who hope to create a constructive dialogue around issues of race and racism and to work to resolve its effects on the campus community. The primary goal of the organization is to create a more productive dialogue about race and racism amongst members of the HWS community – and to create a comprehensive response system that effectively deals with any incidents.
To learn more about Wise visit his website at http://www.timwise.org/