Arts Society & Culture

Author to speak on race, privilege in America

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Multicultural Services and Programs and the University Union Student Programming Board are co-sponsoring a lecture by anti-racist activist, educator and author Tim Wise on Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Ballroom.

His address—”White Like Me: Reflections on Race and Privilege in America”—will examine the ways racial privilege shapes the lives of most white Americans to the detriment of people of color, themselves and society.

Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the U.S. and has been called “one of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation” by professor and best-selling author Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University.

Named one of 25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World by Utne Reader in 2010, Wise has spoken on more than 600 college campuses in 49 states and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda on racial issues in education, religion and labor markets.

Wise is the author of six books, including the highly acclaimed memoir “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son” and two books on race and racism in the Barack Obama era, “Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama” and “Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.” His latest book, “Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority,” is scheduled to be released in January.

He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706/542-5773.

Multicultural Services and Programs and the University Union Student Programming Board are units within the UGA Division of Student Affairs.