25 Years

The Elephant in the Room: A “Grown-Up” Conversation about Whiteness

Date: 
Thu, 03/22/2018 - 3:30pm
Event Location: 
Location TBD

Presented by: Dr. Lisa Anderson-Levy, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Beloit College​

Title: The Elephant in the Room: A “Grown-Up” Conversation about Whiteness

Abstract: What do our perennial discussions about terrorism, patriotism, and immigration in the U.S. have in common? There has been little public discussion about the logic of white supremacy and how it contextualizes the ways in which we understand who is a terrorist/what counts as terrorism; who is a patriot/what counts as patriotism; and who is an immigrant and what counts as unfavorable immigration. Dr. Anderson-Levy argues that whiteness poses an existential threat to social, political, and economic life in the U.S. and proposes that decentering whiteness is one of the most urgent social dilemmas of our time and demands our immediate attention.  This presentation explores the ways in which academic institutions are poised to either reproduce or interrupt these discourses. Analyzing and understanding the intersectional operation of whiteness has the potential to shift paradigms, if there is will and courage. This presentation prompts us to ask: what might it look like to decenter whiteness in our scholarship, pedagogy, institutional governance, and broader intellectual praxis - including in our budgets, our curricula, our disciplinary genealogies, our interactions with students, and our relationships with each other as colleagues? 

Co-sponsored by: UMN Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies

This event is part of the ICGC Alumni Lecture Series, which highlights the current work of distinguished ICGC alumni. Event is open to University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students. Seating is limited and priority will be given to students and faculty in the ICGC community.