Course Description

ONLINE: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." In Raoul Peck's riveting documentary "I Am Not Your Negro," James Baldwin holds up an unflinching mirror to the words and actions of the white society of his time, revealing its deeply flawed moral paradoxes. Baldwin's prophetic call to critically examine and diligently work to dismantle the legacy of white supremacy and its devastating impact is as relevant today as it was during his lifetime. While deeply examining the powerful ideology of whiteness as a racial construct, participants in this online course will also explore the complex intersections of racial identity, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability and religion. Engaging with weekly readings, community experts and self-reflection, participants will also explore strategies for fostering a positive white racial identity grounded in an ethic of justice, liberation and solidarity. | Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 30.

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Section Title
Transforming Whiteness: Toward an Ethic of Justice, Liberation and Solidarity
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Sep 15, 2022 to Nov 17, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
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Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

Guest Speakers:
Ronda Taylor Bullock, Executive Director, we are (working to extend anti-racist education)
Imam Abdul W. Waheed, Chaplain, Center for Muslim Life and OLLI Instructor
Mab Segrest, Activist, Writer, Teacher
Kathy Krahenbuhl, Racial Equity Institute Trainer and OLLI Instructor

Please note: Students will be assigned selected portions of the required text to read prior to each class session along with additional (optional) recommended reading resources posted on the class website. Some class sessions will feature guest speakers or small group discussion in breakout rooms.

Required reading:
Layla F. Saad, "Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor" (9781728209807)

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