August 22, 2011


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Tim Wise will give the talk, "Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity," Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. The talk is free and open to the public.

Considered to be among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States, Wise has been called "One of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation" by best-selling author and professor Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University.

Recently named one of "25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World" by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in 49 states, on more than 600 college campuses, and to community groups across the nation, as well as Canada and Bermuda, on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market. He has appeared on radio and television programs, is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN, and was featured in a segment on ABC's "20/20."

He is the author of five books, including White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son; Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White; Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male; Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama, and his latest, Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.

Wise also has contributed essays to 25 books and is one of several persons featured in White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five Personal Stories, from Duke University Press. He received the 2001 British Diversity Award for best feature essay on race issues, and his writings have appeared in dozens of popular, professional and scholarly journals.

Anti-racism training
A 1990 graduate of Tulane University, he received anti-racism training from the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond in New Orleans. He has provided anti-racism training to teachers nationwide, and has conducted trainings with physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care. He also has trained corporate, government, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions, and has served as a consultant for plaintiff's attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington.

Wise has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Smith College School for Social Work where he co-taught a master's level class on racism in the United States, and he was a visiting faculty-in-residence at the Poynter Institute, where he trained journalists to eliminate racial bias in reporting.

From 1999-2003, Wise was an adviser to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, in Nashville, and in the early '90s he was youth coordinator and associate director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, the largest of the many groups organized for the purpose of defeating political candidate David Duke.

CARE-related programming
Wise's talk is part of a programming arc that includes two events sponsored in part by the Community Alliance for Respect and Equality (CARE).

Bloomsburg University will host "The Black-Jew Dialogues" on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. in Carver Hall. Larry Jay Tish and Ron Jones take the audience on a hysterical and poignant ride through three days they spent together in a cheap hotel room discussing their own experiences, the history of their people, and why there has been a growing rift between the two groups since the early '70s. The comic journey begins in the Egypt of the Pharaohs and travels through Africa, colonial times to present-day America. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Leilani Kupo, director of the Women's Resource Center at Bloomsburg University, at or telephone 570-389-5283.

Susquehanna University will host the film, "Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity," on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in Stretansky Hall. The film will be followed by a community discussion led by Arthur Breeze of Geisinger Health Systems and sponsored by Susquehanna's Center for Diversity and Social Justice. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dena Salerno, director of the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, at 570-372-4302.

Bucknell University will host a dialogue/workshop on racism and white privilege on Saturday, Sept. 17. The workshop will be facilitated by professionally trained inter-racial dialogue experts Tanya Williams, associate dean of students for diversity and inclusion at Mount Holyoke College, and Elaine Brigham, who co-directs the student intergroup dialogue at Mount Holyoke College and at a five-college consortium in western Massachusetts.

Coralynn Davis, a member of the CARE Steering Committee, took a leadership role in coordinating the workshop. Davis is director of the women's and gender studies program and associate professor of women's and gender studies, and anthropology, at Bucknell. Seats are limited for the dialogue/workshop; interested parties should contact her at for more information.

The talk also is part of the programming related to Bucknell's Samek Art Gallery exhibitions, "The Black List Project Volumes 2 and 3: Portraits by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders" and "Self Portraits 2002 - 2004: Photographs by Myra Greene."

Wise's talk is co-sponsored by several Bucknell University offices including the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Dean of Engineering, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender, the Griot Institute, and the Teaching and Learning Center as well as by Susquehanna University and Bloomsburg University.

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