Dr. Kendralin Freeman, Race in America Lecture, 'Your Focus on Race is Narrow and Exclusive:' The Derailment of Anti-Racist Work through Discourses of Intersectionality and Diversity

Date
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30
Location
Taylor Auditorium, McCool Hall

Dr. Kendralin Freemna, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will speak on October 26th from 7:00 - 8:30 in Taylor Auditorium, McCool Hall as part of the Race in America Series. The title of her lecture is "Your Focus on Race is Narrow and Exclusive:' The Derailment of Anti-Racist Work through Discourses of Intersectioality and Diversity. The Race in America series is a co-sponsored even by the Department of Sociology, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the MSU Critical Race Studies Group.

Dr. Kendralin Freeman is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her research areas include the sociology of children and youth, social stratification, the production of racial inequality, quantitative methods, and the sociology of education. Her talk will examine how discourses of “diversity” and “intersectionality” can undermine efforts to address racism, protect white privilege, and marginalize people of color. Drawing on an ethnographic account, Dr. Freeman will show how despite the anti-racist intentions of staff, students, and faculty at a liberal arts college, some community members put forward intersectional arguments and called for “diversity” in ways that re-centered whiteness and situated discussions about race as exclusionary dialogues that victimized white subjects. Dr. Freeman teaches courses on race and education, kids and contention, critical race theory, and social inequality, among others.


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