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Family Weekend Forum: Shannon Sullivan, "Good White People After Charlottesville"

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Saturday, October 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium

In her book "Good White People," philosopher Shannon Sullivan examines the attempts that liberal whites make to distance themselves from the history of white supremacy and differentiate themselves from other, ostensibly more racist, white people. This effort, while understandable, serves to distract them from focusing on efforts to end racial injustice. How might the events in Charlottesville and their aftermath heighten this focus on being "good" and perhaps undercut white anti-racist activism?


Shannon Sullivan is Chair of Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy and Health Psychology at UNC Charlotte. She specializes in feminist philosophy, critical philosophy of race, American philosophy (especially pragmatism), and continental philosophy. She is the author of four books, most recently "Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism" (2014) and "The Physiology of Sexist and Racist Oppression" (2015). She also is co-editor of four books, including "Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance" (2007) and "Feminist Interpretations of William James" (2015).

Open House Reception and Book Signing to follow at CSREA, 96 Waterman Street, from 12:00pm - 4:00pm.