Talking about “Race Talk”: Panel on Derald Wing Sue’s “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence” (Thursday, Dec. 10)

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of SilencePlease join the Race and Pedagogy Working Group for a panel-led discussion inspired by Derald Wing Sue’s new book Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race (Wiley, 2015). Sue asks why the conversations about race that most agree are essential continue to be so rare, and challenges us to think anew about how to approach these conversations. After mapping out the “ground rules” that govern contemporary race talk, Sue explains how these rules act as impediments to productive dialogue. In their place, he offers suggestions for opening up dialogue on race that can lead to mutual understanding and lasting social change. Our discussion will address the current state of “race talk” on the University of Chicago campus and explore the question of which institutional and individual changes are needed to improve its frequency and quality.

Our discussion will be held on Thursday, December 10th, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the first-floor seminar room at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (5733 S. University Avenue). A free download of Chapter One (“What Is Race Talk?”) is available here.


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