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2018 Summer Conference

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FREE -- “Colorblind or Color Brave” by Melody Hobson (YouTube)
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Excerpt: “Now, color blindness, in my view, doesn't mean that there's no racial discrimination, and there's fairness. It does not mean that at all. It does not ensure it. In my view, color blindness is very dangerous because it means we are ignoring the problem.”

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen (Book)
Review: “Americans have lost touch with their history, and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past.”

Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Book)
This book “documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, there lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for-and ultimately justify-racial inequalities. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is professor of sociology at Duke University. The recipient of the American Sociological Association's Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award and the Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda-Setting, he is the author or coeditor of several books, including White Logic, White Methods.


FREE -- How Structural Racism Works (YouTube)
Context: “This presentation shares ideas from Professor Rose's on-going research project, which aims to make accessible to the public what structural racism is and how it works in society. The project examines the connections between policies and practices in housing, education, and other key spheres of society to reveal the intersectional and compounding effects of systemic discrimination as a significant force in American society today. In addition to sharing the outline of the project, Rose and Rosen will give examples of how it works in everyday life.” The presentation features: Tricia Rose '93 PhD, Director of CSREA and Chancellor's Professor of Africana Studies Samuel Rosen '14, Senior Researcher, How Structural Racism Works Project

Race the Power of an Illusion (Video available to order)
Context: “The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups - "red," "black," "white" or "yellow" peoples - has became so deeply imbedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Yet, that is exactly what this provocative, new three-hour series by California Newsreel claims. Race - The Power of an Illusion questions the very idea of race as innate biology, suggesting that a belief in inborn racial difference is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth. Yet race still matters. Just because race does not exist in biology does not mean it is not very real, helping shape life chances and opportunities.” Click here for resources around this video.

Privilege, Power, and Difference 3rd Edition by Allan G. Johnson (Book)
Review: “Privilege, Power, and Difference is a groundbreaking tool for students and non-students alike to examine systems of privilege and difference in our society. Written in an accessible, conversational style, the 3rd edition links theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the underlying nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it. This extraordinary book has been used across the country, both inside and outside the classroom, to shed light on issues of power and privilege. The thoroughly updated 3rd edition includes a new epilogue about the conflicting worldviews that can make these issues so difficult.”

FREE -- People, Systems, and the Game of Monopoly by Allan G. Johnson (YouTube)
Review: “An extended clip from a presentation by Allan G Johnson on race given at the University of Wisconsin, including using the game of Monopoly to illustrate the relationship between individuals and social systems and a description of the system of white privilege.” For more information on Allan G. Johnson visit


The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie James Jennings (Book)
This is a dense but worthwhile and beautifully written book. “Willie James Jennings delves deep into the late medieval soil in which the modern Christian imagination grew, to reveal how Christianity’s highly refined process of socialization has inadvertently created and maintained segregated societies. A probing study of the cultural fragmentation—social, spatial, and racial—that took root in the Western mind, this book shows how Christianity has consistently forged Christian nations rather than encouraging genuine communion between disparate groups and individuals.”

*** The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity by Soong-Chan Rah (Book)
Review: “In this book professor and pastor Soong-Chan Rah calls the North American church to escape its captivity to Western cultural trappings and to embrace a new evangelicalism that is diverse and multiethnic. Rah brings keen analysis to the limitations of American Christianity and shows how captivity to Western individualism and materialism has played itself out in megachurches and emergent churches alike.”

*** Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey (Book)
Review: “Harvey presents an insightful historical analysis of the painful fissures that emerged among activist Christians toward the end of the Civil Rights movement, and she shows the necessity of bringing "white" racial identity into clear view in order to counter today's oppressive social structures. A deeply constructive, hopeful work, Dear White Christians will help readers envision new racial possibilities, including concrete examples of contemporary reparations initiatives.”

Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being by M. Shawn Copeland (Book)
Review: “With rare insight and conviction, Copeland demonstrates how black women's experience and oppression cast a completely different light on our theological theorems and pious platitudes and reveal them as a kind of mental colonization that still operates powerfully in our economic and political configurations today. Further, Copeland argues, race and embodiment and relations of power not only reframe theological anthropology but also our notions of discipleship, church, and Christ as well. In fact, she argues, our postmodern situation - marked decidedly by the realities of race, conflict, the remains of colonizing myths, and the health of bodies - affords an opportunity to be human (and to be the body of Christ) with new clarity and effect.”

Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil by Emilie M. Townes (Book)
Review: “This groundbreaking book provides an analytical tool to understand how and why evil works in the world as it does. Deconstructing memory, history, and myth as received wisdom, the volume critically examines racism, sexism, poverty, and stereotypes.”

*** Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church by Cody J. Sanders and Angela Yarber (Book)
Review: “This is the first book that addresses the concept of microaggressions in ministry and church life. Drawing from their background as ordained clergy, Sanders and Yarber introduce ministry leaders to the concept of microaggressions and look specifically at microaggressions directed at race, gender, and sexuality in the church. Sanders and Yarber help readers become more aware of these subtle and often unconscious communications, offering realistic examples and guidance for grappling with this issue in preaching, religious education, worship, spirituality, and pastoral care and counseling. Microaggressions in Ministry equips congregations with methods for assessment and tools for action that will ultimately help create stronger, more welcoming faith communities.”


Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk
Review: “Witnessing Whiteness invites readers to consider what it means to be white, describes and critiques strategies used to avoid race issues, and identifies the detrimental effect of avoiding race on cross-race collaborations. The author illustrates how racial discomfort leads white people toward poor relationships with people of color. Questioning the implications our history has for personal lives and social institutions, the book considers political, economic, socio-cultural, and legal histories that shaped the meanings associated with whiteness.”

What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy by Robin DiAngelo
Review: “What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race? In the face of pervasive racial inequality and segregation, most white people cannot answer that question. In the second edition of this seminal text, Robin DiAngelo reveals the factors that make this question so difficult: mis-education about what racism is; ideologies such as individualism and colorblindness; segregation; and the belief that to be complicit in racism is to be an immoral person. These factors contribute to what she terms white racial illiteracy. Speaking as a white person to other white people, DiAngelo clearly and compellingly takes readers through an analysis of white socialization.”

New Perspectives on Racial Identity Development by Charmaine L. Wijeyesinghe & Bailey W. Jackson, eds.
Particularly Important for People of Color; “New Perspectives on Racial Identity Development brings together leaders in the field to deepen, broaden, and reassess our understandings of racial identity development. Contributors include the authors of some of the earliest theories in the field, such as William Cross, Bailey W. Jackson, Jean Kim, Rita Hardiman, and Charmaine L. Wijeyesinghe, who offer new analysis of the impact of emerging frameworks on how racial identity is viewed and understood. Other contributors present new paradigms and identify critical issues that must be considered as the field continues to evolve.”


By Miguel A De La Torre:

Reading the Bible from the Margins • Leer la Biblia desde los marginados

Liberating Sexuality: Justice Between the Sheets


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