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A Conversation with Robin DiAngelo -- Author of White Fragility
Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment. This insulation builds our expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering our stamina for enduring racial stress. I term this lack of racial stamina “White Fragility.” White Fragility is a state in which even a minimal challenge to the white position becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves including: argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal, and claims of being attacked and misunderstood. These moves function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain white control. Those who see themselves as “the choir” can be particularly challenging, for we tend to focus on “evidence of our advancement” rather than reach for humility and continually grapple with how to engage in intentional action. This talk will provide an overview of the socialization that inculcates white fragility and provide the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and develop more equitable and just racial norms and practices. Dr. DiAngelo is Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. In addition, she holds two Honorary Doctorates. She is 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 numerous publications and books. In 2011 she coined the term “white fragility” in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice. This event is free and open to the public. You don’t need to officially register, but if you do on our site then we will message you a reminder closer to the date. Please contact the office to register for this event (734-998-9351 or olli.info@umich.edu). OLLI is also offering complementary programming to this event, titled: Working to Understand White Fragility: In Preparation for and Reflection on Robin DiAngelo with Maren Oberman. A link to that programming is here: https://olli-umich.org/olli/index.php/admin/admin/updateCatalog/1917
Event Type : OLLI Reads      
Date(s) : 03/13/2020
Day of Week : Friday
Time : 3:00-4:30pm
Location : Michigan League Ballroom
Address : 911 N. University Ave.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Fee : $0.00 (Free and open to the public)
Event Status : COMPLETED