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Jan. 26, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Tim Wise will give the talk, "got privilege? Racism and the Ongoing Power of Whiteness in America," Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is part of the university's celebration of Black History Month. It is sponsored by the offices of Multicultural Student Services, Diversity Affairs, and the Deans of Students.

Called "one of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation" by best-selling author Michael Eric Dyson, Wise has provided anti-racism training to teachers, physicians and medical industry professionals nationwide.

Wise also has trained corporate, government and law enforcement officials on methods 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.

A collection of his essays, Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-racist Reflections from an Angry White Male, will be published this year, as are two new volumes, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White.

Wise holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Tulane University, where his anti-apartheid work received international attention and the thanks of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

"Spell-binding and a prominent voice on `white privilege,' Tim Wise pulls no punches as a radical activist and educator on anti-racism, " said Linda Thomas, associate dean of students at Bucknell. "His talk for the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Convocation will be the first in many interesting activities during Black History Month."

Other events in February include:

Feb. 15: "Down from the Mountaintop" by James Baldwin, 7 p.m., Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature Building;

Feb. 16: "From Entitlement to Empowerment," a talk by Star Parker, founder and president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), 7 p.m., Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center. A single welfare mother in Los Angeles, Parker transformed her life by earning a college degree and launching an urban Christian magazine, becoming a conservative crusader for welfare reform. Her talk is co-sponsored by the Bucknell University Conservatives Club, Committee for Campus Diversity, and Young America's Foundation.

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