This free presentation is designed for those who have read White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (Beacon Press, 2018) by Robin DiAngelo, as well as for those who want to discuss ways to disrupt racism in their lives and communities. The talk will examine some of the ways that conversations about race, either interracially or among white people, can promote intercultural understanding, or reinforce racial hierarchy.
Dr. Gloria Holmes is a professor emerita at the School of Education at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT where she served as both chair and director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. Presently, she is an adjunct at the University of SC in the Department of Education. She has taught graduate courses in education and English, and was a middle school English teacher for many years before her work in higher education. Dr. Holmes has a doctorate in English, and her graduate research focused on American literature with a concentration on African American women writers. Her doctoral dissertation honored the work of novelist, Zora Neale Hurston, the Black Church, and the Blues.