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Waking Up to Privilege Systems

Date: October 7 2008

On Thursday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chamber, Dr. Peggy McIntosh will present her research on the obvious and not-so obvious nuances of white privilege and privilege systems. Her lecture is titled, “Waking Up to Privilege Systems: The Surprising Journey.” Dr. McIntosh’s presentation corresponds to an article, “White 
Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” where she states, “I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group.” Further, her interactive lecture will draw on her experiences and research on the daily effects of white privilege and the discourse surrounding earned strength and unearned power.
The groundbreaking author of “White Privilege and Male Privilege,” McIntosh has been instrumental in putting the dimension of privilege into discussions of gender, race, and sexuality in the United States.
This event, hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, is free and open to the public.

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