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Dear SJS Friends and Students,

If you are interested in hearing Robin D’Angelo speak about white fragility, she will be on campus on Nov. 21. Tickets are free but must be ordered in advance. See the link below to order your tickets.

Regards, Margo

Margo L. Matwychuk, PhD

Director, Social Justice Studies

c/o Dept of Anthropology

University of Victoria

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We are pleased to announce a public talk by Dr. Robin DiAngelo on her latest book: White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racismon Wednesday, November 21st at 7pm in Bob Wright Building B150, University of Victoria.

White people in white settler colonial contexts live in a racially insular social environment that builds expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering stamina for enduring racial stress. This lack of racial stamina has been coined by Dr. DiAngelo as “White Fragility.” White Fragility is a state in which even a minimal challenge to the white position becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves including: argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being attacked and misunderstood. These moves function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain white control. Those who see themselves as “the choir” can be particularly challenging, for they tend to focus on “evidence of our advancement” rather than reach for humility and continually grapple with how to engage in intentional action. This talk will provide an overview of the socialization that inculcates white fragility and the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and engage more constructively across race. The talk is also for people of colour and Indigenous Peoples who wonder how white people manage not to know race and why they are so difficult to talk to about racism. Dr. DiAngelo's talk should particularly benefit any white person who: positions themselves as "already getting it," those who want to know what to do about racism, and those whose main question is, "How do I talk to other white people about racism?"

About Dr. Robin DiAngelo:
Dr. Robin DiAngelo is Affiliate Faculty at the University of Washington. She is a two-time winner of the Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Robin has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in race relations and racial justice. Robin has numerous publications and books, including What Does it Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured or cited in Salon, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Her book White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list.

The building and rooms are completely accessible. The rooms are on the first floor. ASL interpreters will be at the event.

This event is free of charge. However, you will have to get a free ticket online from the UVic Ceremonies website: https://tickets.uvic.ca.

We recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes early to register. Everyone who would like to guarantee their spot, must arrive no later than 10 minutes before showtime (7:00pm), otherwise we will start letting in on-site people from the wait list.


UVic Bookstore will be selling copies of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism at the event.

Please see attached poster for more information and attached (2011) "White Fragility" essay of DiAngelo (from which the book evolved).

Event sponsored by: UVic Equity and Human Rights Office in partnership with the Open Forum Against Racism (OFAR), the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Indigenous Cultural Safety), the Minority and Indigenous Women Instructors' Network (MIWIN), the Academic Women’s Caucus, the School of Child and Youth Care, antidote, and the Social Justice Studies program

This event is taking place on the unceded traditional territories of the Lkwungen, the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

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