Dr. Robin DiAngelo to Lecture in Cambridge at the Kresge Auditorium at M.I.T.



Dr. Robin DiAngelo author of the New York Times bestseller, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, will speak at the Kresge Auditorium at M.I.T. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 1 p.m. Dr. DiAngelo will speak as part of the Our Path Forward lecture series which addresses important issues affecting the health of our democracy. 

In White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, DiAngelo surmises that it is difficult for white people to talk about racism because their lives unfold in a racially insular environment, which builds expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering their stamina for enduring racial stress. DiAngelo defines white fragility as 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. 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. 

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. Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice. Dr. DiAngelo's lecture is supported by the Cambridge Public Library Foundation.

Due to high interest, Dr. DiAngelo’s event has been moved to the Kresge Auditorium at MIT, located at 48 Massachusetts Ave. Unfortunately, even with the additional seating capacity of this new venue, the event is at capacity and many patrons have been added to our waitlist. Patrons who have been successfully registered or waitlisted have received an email notifying them of their status. If seats become available due to cancellations, individuals (as ordered on the wait list) will be notified via email.

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: http://web.mit.edu/webcast/lib/2003/

We will also be hosting a livestream viewing in the Lecture Hall of the Main Library and the Community Room of the Valente Branch starting at 1 pm on Saturday, January 18th. Thank you for your understanding.