Seeing White with John Biewen

Posted on April 25th, 2018 by

CAB is bringing an interesting speaker to campus – John Biewen, a Gustie grad who now teaches at Duke University and produces audio documentaries for its Center for Documentary Studies. According to his bio, “as a public radio journalist and documentary-maker, he has told stories from forty American states and from Europe, Japan, and India . . . In both his radio work and his teaching, John is animated by curiosity about the human experience, a love of radio craft, and an interest in social justice.” You’ll have a  chance to hear him speak about his work on April 26th in Wallenberg at 7:00 pm. And you can catch the 14-part podcast – Seeing White.

About the podcast: Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story. Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?

It promises to be an interesting event – and a good listen. Do we have a guide for that? You betcha. Some of the books listed there are available for checkout near the library entrance.

 

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