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Anti-racism scholar, author to discuss 'White Privilege'

By Alec Jennings
University News Service
October 28, 2008

Tim Wise

Tim Wise

One of the world's most prominent voices and authors on the subject of racism will speak at Texas State University-San Marcos as part of the Common Experience theme.

Tim Jacob Wise will speak on the subject of "White Privilege: Embracing Civic Responsibility through White Privilege" in Evans Liberal Arts Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. 

Throughout his career, Wise has provided anti-racist education to teachers as well as public and private businesses, government, military, entertainment, law enforcement and journalists. His anti-apartheid work from Tulane University where he earned his undergraduate degree earned him gratitude and recognition from world leaders such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, while his books and essays have earned him the respect of some of the world's top scholars.

Wise has authored numerous books on the subject including "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son" and "Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White." More recently, his collection of essays, "Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections from and Angry White Male" will be published this fall. His upcoming book "Between Barack and a Hard Place: Race and Whiteness in the Age of Obama" will be published in the spring of 2009.

Wise's perspectives on white privilege should provide students of all racial backgrounds unique insight into racism and its complexities.

“White students will gain knowledge of what white privilege is, their role in it, how they benefit from it, how to recognize it, and what they can do about it.   Students of color will gain validation of that knowledge and how it has affected any situations in which they've been involved,” said Angela Ausbrook, professor of social work. "The fact that Mr. Wise is a white male in America and has taken this topic on with such fervor is very hopeful for the future of change."

The event is free and open to the public. It is being sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs, Multicultural and Gender Studies, Sociology, Student Affairs Diversity Team, Social Work, Student Support Services, Educational Administration and Psychological Services, Common Experience and Hip Hop Congress.