Anti-Racism 101 Webinar Series

Wright Library offers opportunities for education and discussion on race and other divisive and political issues in our world. The library does not endorse any political party or candidate, or their political position. The opinions of attendees and speakers are their own, and do not represent the library.

Anti-racism 101: Anti-racism is the practice of opposing racism, and an anti-racist is someone who actively fights against racism. Join Wright Library for a series of educational workshops exploring the basic tenants of anti-racism. Learn about systemic racism, whiteness, white supremacy, and more. Presented by Dr. Michaela Null of SURJ-OH (Showing Up for Racial Justice).  Each virtual workshop stands alone.  Registration Required.

Dr. Null completed undergraduate studies at Wright State and spent a year as an Americorps VISTA volunteer at TOP (The Other Place, now Homefull), a daytime homeless shelter in Dayton, before getting her Phd. in Sociology and Women's Studies from Purdue University in 2012. She has taught classes in sociology and women's studies at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, Sinclair, Wright State, and Wittenberg University. Dr. Null is a member of SURJ-OH (Showing Up for Racial Justice) and currently works as a makerspace specialist.  

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** Sociology of Racism by Matthew Clair et al. **


Understanding Whiteness Septebmer 29, 2020     Watch this recorded webinar     Presentation slides

What is whiteness, and why do we need to talk about it in order to fight racism? This workshop will define whiteness, explore systemic racism, and explain how whiteness fits into the history of racism.  Learn how examining whiteness and noticing it at work in society brings new perspectives to America's racial issues.


Beyond Colorblindness October 28, 2020     Watch this recorded webinar   Presentation slides  (Note: the video shared during the presentation had to be removed from the recording due to copyright. It can be viewed here: The Word - Neutral Man's Burden)

Colorblindness or "not seeing color" may seem like the best path to racial justice, but anti-racists argue that "not seeing race" means not seeing racism. This presentation will uncover how so-called racial 'colorblindness' reinforces racism rather than remedying it and lay out a different path for fighting racism.  


White Supremacy: A Deeper Look, 7pm Tues. January 26, 2021      REGISTER

The term "White Supremacy" has long been used to describe the Ku Klux Klan and other racist fringe movements. Today the term is more often applied to our society at large and racial hierarchies preserved within it. This workshop will delve into and challenge widespread and often unspoken assumptions we have about race.


Anti-Racist Actions for White People, 7pm Wed. February 24, 2021      REGISTRATION OPENS 1/6/21

You're white, and you support equity for all races. Now what? Find out what actions you can take in your own life to promote a better future for people of color.

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