Athens, Ga. – Peggy McIntosh, a professor at Wellesley College and a national expert on privilege, will deliver an address in the UGA Chapel on Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. The event, the first in the new Franklin Diversity Lecture series, is open free to the public.
McIntosh is associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women and co-founder of the SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) Project, which helps teachers create their own year-long, school-based seminars on making school climates, K-12 curricula and teaching methods more sensitive to gender and multicultural issues.
McIntosh is internationally known for her groundbreaking essay “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies.”
She will also have a question-and-answer session with graduate students on Thursday, March 20, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in studio 553 on the fifth floor of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.
“The visit of Dr. McIntosh to UGA is important because her voice speaks to the shared experience of ethnic minorities, women, gay men and lesbians andthose struggling economically or not being fully seen nor heard,” said Kecia Thomas, senior advisor on diversity and inclusion to the dean in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.”Her work sheds light on the systemic advantages and disadvantages that maintain and reinforce the status quo while alsolimiting our ability to truly be diverse and inclusive in our institutions.”
McIntosh directs the Gender, Race, and Inclusive Education Project, which provides workshops on privilege systems, feelings of fraudulence and diversifying workplaces, curricula and teaching methods. She has taught English, American studies and women’s studies at the Brearley School in New York City, Harvard University, Trinity College (Washington, D.C.), Durham University (England) and Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
She is co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and has been consulting editor to Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. In 1993-1994, she consulted with women on 22 Asian campuses on the development of women’s studies and programs to bring materials from women’s studies into the main curriculum. In addition to having two honorary degrees, she is a recipient of the Klingenstein Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership from Columbia Teachers College.
The Franklin Diversity Lectures are a new annual series that each year will bring a distinguished speaker to campus to address cutting-edge issues on diversity and inclusion.
“McIntosh’s work on white supremacy is striking for its clear honestyabout the details of privilege, and about the ways that injustices canseem ‘invisible’ to those who benefit from racism and otherhierarchies,” said Chris Cuomo, director of the Institute for Women’s Studies. “Her careful analysis of privilege and oppression fromeither side invites us all to think and act with greater awareness andcare.”
Thomas said interest in the visit of McIntosh to campus is high because her work crosses so many areas of interest.
“Given the cross-campus support and enthusiasm for her visit, I expect this to be a standing-room-only event,” said Thomas, who is also a full professor in the department of psychology and the Institute for African American Studies.
In addition to the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, sponsors of McIntosh’s visit include: the Institute for African American Studies, the department of counseling and human development services, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the College of Environment and Design, the College of Education, the department of lifelong education, administration and policy, the Terry College of Business Office of Diversity Relations, the Institute for Behavioral Research, the UGA Alumni Association, the department of psychology and the Institute for Women’s Studies.