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Un-Reading Anti-Racist work with Dr. Timothy Lensmire
February 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Dr. Lensmire is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota, where he teachers courses in literacy, critical pedagogy, and race. His early work focused on how the teaching of writing might contribute to education for democratic living, and include his books, When Children Write and Powerful Writing/Responsible Teaching. In his current work, Lensmire is attempting to re-imagine white people as radicalized actors in U.S. schools and society, as part of the broader effort to mobilize white people for social justice work. His most recent book, White Folks: Race and Identity in Rural America, is grounded in the stories of eight people from a small rural community in Wisconsin – the community in which Lensmire was born and raised. Drawing on in-depth interviews, as well as on his own lived experiences, Lensmire explores how white people “learn to be white” and how their lives are dependent on people of color, even in situations where white poeple have how heir lives are dependent on people of color, even in situations where white people have little or no contact with racial others. Dr. Lensmire’s talk will focus on how Ralph Ellison and the Reverend Thandeka, among others, can help us re-read and mobilize white people for anti-racist work.