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The Virus of Racism

We are proud to continue our popular discussion series this fall!



You can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Conversation about White Privilege

This is a chance to come together to listen with awareness and reflect on white privilege. Together we will discuss and explore how white privilege impacts our personal lives and our practice.

DATE: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Time: 1 - 2 PM EST 

Online. Register for the event here

Join a conversation about white privilege and what happens when racial identity is confronted. What triggers the tensions that prevent consensus when we talk about individual accountability and privilege? How can we learn more about being advocates of racial justice and allies to support the Black community?

Presenter: Cornelia Trahan

Cornelia Trahan is a student in the joint University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College Ph.D. in Education program. Her research addresses identity formation across contexts of digital literacy, storytelling, and leadership development. She is committed to antiracism and knows the critical first step in being a change agent is to own her white privilege. Let’s connect for an hour and have an authentic conversation about white privilege to learn and support each other.

This editable Google doc offers a collection of resources, including books, articles, videos, blogs, podcasts, and more. 
The Virus of Racism: Revelations About Roots
Join a conversation about the phenomena that organize the center of gravity of white supremacist patriarchial ideology. In addition, discover the extraordinary literacies and empyreal logics that Black girls and women have developed to counter those roots and thrive, in schools and society, despite them.
FEATURED GUEST: Jeanine Staples, Penn State University
DATE: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
TIME: 1 - 2 pm EST
Dr. Jeanine Staples is Professor of Literacy and Language, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. She focuses on dismantling supremacist patriarchies through research, teaching, and coaching. As a sociocultural literacist, Dr. Staples works to understand personal and public voices and stories to solve personal and public problems, researching the evolutionary nature and function of literacies and texts through narrative research. Dr. Staples earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and Urban Education from Howard University, a Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University and her Doctorate in Literacy and Language, with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania.
The Virus of Racism: Courageous Conversations
Monday, July 13
FEATURED GUEST: Tisha Lewis Ellison, University of Georgia
We discuss how to create authentic conversations that respond to the urgency of denouncing racism in all its contexts, including in law enforcement, schools, and society.
June 15, 2020
The Virus of Racism: Courageous Conversations 
FEATURED GUEST: Tisha Lewis Ellison, University of Georgia
Dr. Tisha Lewis Ellison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at The University of Georgia. Her research focuses on African American and Latinx families and adolescents’ digital and STEM literacy practices. Dr. Lewis Ellison was the recipient of the following awards: the Junior Faculty Seed Grant in STEM (2019-2020); Sarah Moss Fellowship (2018-2019); the UGA Early Career Faculty Research Award (2017-2018); the Early Career Achievement Award recipient from the Literacy Research Association (2016); the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2016), the National Council of Teachers of English’s Promising Researcher Award (2012); a finalist of the International Literacy Association Outstanding Dissertation Award (2011); and the J Michael Parker Award (2008). Her work has appeared in the selected peer reviewed journals: Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Urban Education, and Journal of Education. 
Watch the recorded video here