Anti-racist Writer and Activist Tim Wise to Speak at Mount Union November 6

November 04, 2008

wisetim2Wise, a prominent anti-racist writer and activist, will speak on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m. in the Mount Union Theatre. 

Wise has spoken in 48 states and on more than 400 college campuses and has contributed essays to more than twenty books.  He has provided training to teachers, physicians and medical industry professionals as well as corporate, government, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials. 

Wise is the 2008 Oliver L. Brown Distinguished Visiting Scholar for Diversity Issues at Washburn University, an award named in honor of the lead plaintiff in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.  In 2001, Wise trained journalists to eliminate racial bias in reporting, as a visiting faculty-in-residence at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.  From 1999-2003, Wise was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute in Nashville.

The author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, Wise will release his fourth book, Between Barack and a Hard Place: Race and Whiteness in the Age of Obama, in Spring 2009. 

Wise is one of several persons featured in White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five Personal Stories, from Duke University Press.  He has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs worldwide.

While attending Tulane University, where Wise earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science, he received global attention as well as the thanks of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his anti-apartheid work.

This event, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, is free and open to the public.

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