Between Barack and a Hard Place


Leading anti-racist writer and activist Tim Wise is set to discuss his latest book, “Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama” during a lecture at the University of Redlands.

Wise will speak Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Orton Center. The event, which is sponsored by the university’s Office for Campus Diversity and Inclusion, is free and open to the public.

Wise will discuss what he thinks President Barack Obama’s election tells us – and does not tell us – about the existence of racism and white privilege in America.

Wise also is the author of “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son,” and “Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White.” He also published a collection of his essays, “Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-racist Reflections from an Angry White Male.”

Wise has spoken on over 400 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford and the law schools of Yale, Columbia and Vanderbilt. He has trained teachers, business leaders and law enforcement officials strategies for dismantling racism in their institutions, and has served as a consultant for plaintiff’s attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington State.

In 2005, he served as an adjunct faculty member at the Smith College of Social Work, where he co-taught a class on racism in the U.S. He also has served as an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute and in the early ‘90s was associate director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, the largest of several groups responsible for the defeat of neo-Nazi candidate David Duke.

Wise received his bachelor’s from Tulane University and anti-racism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond in New Orleans.

Call the Office for Campus Diversity and Inclusion at 909-748-8285 for more information.

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