Nationally Known Author Tim Wise to Speak at LSC

Anti-Racism Leader Part of College’s Year of Social Justice

September 17, 2014

Renowned anti-racism author and educator Tim Wise will speak at Lyndon State College on Wednesday, October 1. Wise’s lecture, “Resurrecting Apartheid: Racism, Inequality and the Collapse of the Post-Racial Myth,” is one of the college’s many Year of Social Justice activities. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Twilight Theatre and is free and open to the public.

Utne Reader named Wise one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World.” Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on more than 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market.

He is the author of six books, including Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, his latest, and the highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. His forthcoming book, The Culture of Cruelty: How America’s Elite Demonize the Poor, Valorize the Rich and Jeopardize the Future, will be released this year.

Wise 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 has also trained corporate, government, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.

He co-wrote and co-produced the 2013 documentary, White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America. He and legendary scholar and activist Angela Davis appeared in the 2011 documentary Vocabulary of Change, discussing the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building and the prospects for social change.

Wise has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN, and has been featured on ABC’s 20/20.

Lyndon State College President Joe Bertolino has designated the 2014-15 academic year as the college’s Year of Social Justice. “The hallmarks of social justice are treating others with equity, respect, and compassion,” Bertolino says. “We pride ourselves on our ethic of care. This year, we will continue to celebrate difference and emphasize creating a welcoming community.”

Additional Year of Social Justice events this fall include a staged reading of The Laramie Project at 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 17; a film screening of Freedom Summer on Monday, October 20 at 6 p.m.; and Cognizant (Views on Social Justice), the 2014 Faculty Art Exhibit, which will run from December 5 through January 3 in the Quimby Art Gallery. These events are free and open to the public. Complete information, including a look ahead to spring 2015 events, can be found at LyndonState.edu/SocialJustice.

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