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Allowing Race in the Classroom Seminar

September 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2019, 9 A.M.-NOON

Allowing Race in the Classroom

Race is real, and clearly on the front burners of the American mind in urgent and sharply contested ways. We like to say that it doesn’t exist because there is no biological fact of race. But beliefs as well and social structures make it real by continuing to map race onto certain bodies in ways that perpetuate inequality. This is particularly true in our classrooms, where students of color, spend disproportionate amounts of energy dealing with material racism and microaggressions, while white students, who generally do not experience racism, are less familiar and less comfortable with its material reality (Helling). In this seminar, we will focus on ways to allow the facts of race and racialized inequality into the classroom so that everyone can be acknowledged in the fullness of their being. With the help of contemporary writers, teachers, and thinkers, we will deliberately put issues of race and inequality on the table and practice ways to reflect and keep participating in the conversation.

Kristen Over, English Department

The seminar takes place on Friday morning on Northeastern Illinois University’s Main Campus on the 3rd floor of the Ronald Williams Library unless otherwise noted. Northeastern Illinois University is located on Chicago’s Northwest Side.


$110 per seminar


For departments, schools, or districts: If you would like to register for a total of five or more seats for various seminars, you will still receive the discounted price. $500 for five seats; $900 for 10 seats; $1,500 for 20 seats.

For more information, please contact Acting Chair Tim Scherman at [email protected] or our Office Administrator Hilary Jirka at [email protected].


September 20, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
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Ronald William Library
5500 N St Louis Ave
Chicago, IL 60625 United States
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(773) 442-4400

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