White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism and Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Critical Social Justice Education, has had a profound influence on the national discourse on race. She is an affiliate associate professor of education at the University of Washington and a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has facilitated trainings on racial and social justice issues for more than 20 years and coined the term “white fragility” in 2011.
DiAngelo will discuss her concept of how white Americans are unknowingly socialized to be highly sensitive to and defensive in situations involving race — that is, racially “fragile.” She also emphasizes the perspectives and skills white people need to build in order to engage more constructively across race.
DiAngelo’s lecture is cosponsored by the College of Design. Please note there is free, general admission seating at Stephens Auditorium. More information available on the Lectures Program website.