Let's Discuss Colorblind Racism

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Dr. Meghan Burke discusses her new book COLORBLIND RACISM and the experience and research that led her to write it.

Date & Time:

Thursday, November 7, 2019
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


Free and Open to the Public


O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium

How can colorblindness – the idea that race does not matter – be racist? This illuminating book introduces the paradox of colorblind racism: how dismissing or downplaying the realities of race and racism can perpetuate inequality and violence.

Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches and real-life examples, Meghan Burke reveals colorblind racism to be an insidious presence in many areas of institutional and everyday life in the United States. She explains what is meant by colorblind racism, uncovers its role in the history of racial discrimination, and explores its effects on how we talk about and treat race today. The book also engages with recent critiques of colorblind racism to show the limitations of this framework and how a deeper, more careful study of colorblindness is needed to understand the persistence of racism and how it may be challenged.

This accessible book will be an invaluable overview of a key phenomenon for students across the social sciences, and its far-reaching insights will appeal to all interested in the social life of race and racism.

A Q&A session and reception will immediately follow Dr. Burke's lecture.

Dr. Meghan Burke is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Sociology Department at Illinois Wesleyan University.

This event is sponsored by the departments of Sociology, American Culture & Difference, English, and others.

Parking (available for $1.50/hour before 4pm; $1/hour after 4pm)

Anderson Parking Facility--located at the corner of Cretin Ave. and Grand Ave.

Morrison Parking Ramp--located beneath Morrison Residence Hall, visitors parking in the Morrison ramp should enter campus at the intersection of Selby Ave. and Finn St. Follow the drive aisle south, under the skyway, toward the stadium. Take a hard right at the end of the drive aisle. The visitor ramp entrance is the eastern entrance beneath the residence hall.


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