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Diversity Speaker Among the Nation's Leading and Prominent New Voices

Diversity Speaker Among the Nation's Leading and Prominent New Voices

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     Tim Jacob Wise, one of the nation’s leading and prominent new voices on diversity will present the lecture, “The Dynamics of White Privilege,” Wednesday, September 26 at 7 p.m., at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.

     The lecture, which is free of charge and open to the public, is being sponsored by the UPJ Diversity Working Group.

     Mr. Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S.  He has spoken in 48 states, and on over 400 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford, the Law Schools at Yale and Columbia, and to community groups around the nation.

     Mr. Wise has provided anti-racism training to teachers nationwide, and has conducted training with physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care.  He also has trained corporate, government, entertainment, military, and law enforcement officials on methods of dismantling racism in their institutions and has served as a consultant for plaintiff’s attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington State.

     He served as an adjunct faculty member in the summer of 2005 at the Smith College School of Social Work, Northampton, Mass., where he co-taught a master’s level class on “Racism in the U.S.”  In 2001, he trained journalists to eliminate racial bias in reporting, as a visiting faculty-in-residence at Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.  In 2005 and 2006, he provided training on issues of racial privilege and institutional bias at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute at Patrick Air Force Base.

     Mr. Wise is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White.  He has contributed essays to 15 books, and is one of several persons featured in White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five Personal Stories, from Duke University Press.  In 2001, he received the British Diversity Award for best feature essay on race issues, and his writings have appeared in dozens of popular, professional, and scholarly journals.

     His antiapartheid work received global attention and thanks of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

     During the last week of September, the picturesque Richland campus will be bustling with activity as UPJ celebrates its 80th anniversary and the Inauguration of its fifth president, Dr. Jem Spectar.   The largest regional campus of the internationally renowned University of Pittsburgh, UPJ has come into its own as a vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s intellectual, social and cultural environment.  Proud of its legacy as a preeminent community citizen, the University ranks as a top local employer and is a key partner in shaping the region’s economic future. 

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/20/2007 10:55:00 AM