White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism with Robin DiAngelo

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Stop into this free event presented by Iowa State University's Lectures Program and supported by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation:

Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility and Is Everyone Really Equal, has had a profound influence on the national discourse on race. She has facilitated trainings on racial and social justice issues for more than 20 years and coined the term "white fragility" in 2011. DiAngelo will discuss her concept of how white Americans are unknowingly socialized to be highly sensitive to and defensive in situations involving race - that is, racially "fragile." She also emphasizes the perspectives and skills white people need to build in order to engage more constructively across race. Dr. DiAngelo is affiliate faculty at the University of Washington College of Education.

Cosponsored By:

  • Ames Public Library Friends Foundation
  • College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Diversity Programs
  • College of Design
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ivy College of Business
  • Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity
  • Minorities in Ag, Natural Resources & Related Sciences - MANRRS
  • Office of Extension and Outreach
  • Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
  • University Library
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)


Ames Public Library will host TALK: White Fragility Sunday, February 24 from 2-4pm.

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