Honors College

MADtalk: A Talk about Whiteness

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Madison Union 306

What does it mean to be a White person in a society where... our history is riddled with White people who have legally sanctioned horrid treatment of People of Color? ...White people still hold most economic and political power, but most individual White people don't have much of it? ...People of Color continue to experience systematic inequality and violence even though most White people don't want it to be that way. Is it even possible to take ownership of a White identity in a way that challenges rather than perpetuates inequality? Not sure how to navigate these questions? Not sure how to help others navigate these questions? Come join us for this walk ...oh, I mean talk.

Dr. Jennifer J. PeeksMease (aka Mease) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Studies. She focuses her energy on creating the conditions under which people can be the best versions of themselves. As a scholar she does this by investigating how social bias is built into organizational structures, and identifying ways that individuals and groups cope with, challenge, and change those structures. Here at JMU she works with a fabulous group of undergraduate students in the Gender and Work Research Collective, which focuses on research and outreach that addresses issues of women and work. You can check out their blog here. More broadly, Jennifer is interested in the intersections of identity and work, the cultural production of whiteness and white identity, and changing organizations/organizing for social change.  

Sponsored by the Madison Honors Leadership Council. This event is free and open to the public.

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