Activist-Author Tim Wise to Speak at Saint Joseph’s University

Monday, October 20, 2008

PHILADELPHIA (October 20, 2008) – Prominent anti-racism author activist Tim Wise, author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, will present a lecture titled “Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama,” at Saint Joseph’s University on Wed., Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., in the Chapel of St. Joseph – Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial.

Wise is the 2008 Oliver L. Brown Distinguished Visiting Scholar for Diversity Issues at Washburn University, in Topeka, Kan., as well as the 2002 National Youth Advocacy Coalition’s Social Justice Impact Award recipient. He has lectured in 48 states and on more than 500 college campuses.

While a student at Tulane University in 1988, Wise received national attention when he advised South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu of the school’s ongoing business with companies linked to the white supremacist government of South Africa, ultimately leading Tutu to decline an honorary degree offered to him by Tulane.

Wise recently published a collection of essays titled Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male. His writing has also appeared in many professional and scholarly journals.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Life; Office of Institutional Diversity; Multicultural Council; Gender Studies; and the Diversity Commission.

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Office of University Communications, 610-660-1222,

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