Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Topic > They Want Their Country Back:
Racial Nostalgia and White Anxiety in an Era of Change
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Recently named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in all 50 states of the United States, lectured at more than 800 college and high school campuses and addressed community groups across the nation. He has also lectured in Canada and Bermuda on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market.
He will explore how large numbers of white Americans, anxious over social, political, economic and cultural changes underway in the nation, have fallen prey to a politics of resentment and backlash. Led by the Tea Party movement and given voice by right-wing media commentators and politicians, this backlash is characterized by calls for “taking the country back” to a nostalgic past that has been lost thanks to “big government,” immigration and changing demographics. Although the racial roots of the backlash are denied by many, Wise demonstrates the racial components of the narrative and sets out the dangers of the political agenda that comes with it.
Wise has written six books, including Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (2012); White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (2007, 2011); and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity (2010).
$8 General Public
$6 UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4 UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the event
All seats are general admission
A typical Forum program includes a 60-minute lecture and a 30-minute question-and-answer session, followed by an informal open reception in The Dulany Inn of Davies Center.
This event will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are also available upon request.
The Forum is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support.