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    January 18

    • Author Robin DiAngelo @ MIT Kresge Auditorium - Livestream Available

      Main Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

      This event is at capacity and many patrons are on a waitlist. Those who have been successfully registered or waitlisted have received an email status update. If seats become available due to cancellations, individuals (as ordered on the wait list) will be notified via email. This talk will be live streamed (but not recorded) and can be viewed online or at viewing events at Main Library and Valente Branch (as seating is available at both locations). In order to accommodate as many people as possible, we will be livestreaming the event. Please note that this will be a one-time livestream starting at 1 pm on Saturday, January 18th, and there will not be a recorded copy available for later viewing. Please click on the following link on the day of to the live (captioned) webcast of Saturday’s event: We will also be hosting a livestream viewing in the Lecture Hall of the Main Library and in the Community Room at the Valente Branch starting at 1 pm on Saturday, January 18th. Thank you for your understanding. Getting to Kresge Auditorium The Kresge Auditorium is accessible by public transportation. Take bus # 1 from Harvard Square to the MIT Campus or take the redline train to the Central Square MBTA Station, walk south on Mass Ave towards Boston (past Vassar Street), and the auditorium will be on your right. Check-In Process On the day of the event, doors will open at 12:15 p.m. Please arrive and be seated by 12:45 p.m. Seats that are not occupied by 12:45 p.m. will be assigned to guests on the waiting list. Cancellations Given the interest in this event, we kindly ask that you notify us as soon as possible if you are no longer able to attend so that we can release your seat to someone on the waiting list by contacting us at or 617-349-4409. Accessibility ASL interpretation services will be provided. If you require additional accessibility aids, contact us at or 617-349-4409. Dr. DiAngelo is Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. In addition, she holds two Honorary Doctorates. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has numerous publications and books. In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice. White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment. This insulation builds white people's expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering their stamina for enduring racial stress. DiAngelo terms this lack of racial stamina “White Fragility.” White Fragility is a state in which even a minimal challenge to the white position becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves including: argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being attacked and misunderstood. These moves function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain control. DiAngelo will provide an overview of the socialization that inculcates white fragility and provide the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and develop more equitable and just racial norms and practices.

January 2020
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