Tim Wise on "Beyond Diversity" (Oct. 5) and James Merrell on "Mob Men and Wappingers Warriors" (Oct. 6)

Marist College

This week's lectures at Marist

Tim Wise, author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

"Beyond Diversity: Understanding and Dismantling Racism"

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Nelly Goletti Theatre

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Tim Wise, whom scholar and philosopher Cornel West calls, “A vanilla brother in the tradition of (abolitionist) John Brown,” is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1,000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.

Wise is the author of seven books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. He has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation. His essays have appeared in Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, Black Commentator, BK Nation, Z Magazine and The Root, which recently named Wise one of the “8 Wokest White People We Know.”

Wise graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.

5th Annual Handel-Krom Lecture in Hudson River Valley History

“Mob Men” and Wappinger Warriors: Revisiting the Battle for Dutchess County, 1766

Dr. James H. Merrell

Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Nelly Goletti Theatre

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Dr. James H. Merrell is the Lucy Maynard Salmon Professor of History at Vassar College. His preeminent works are Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier (W.W. Norton, 1999) and The Indians’ New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal (University of North Carolina Press, 1989). His current book project focuses on Native-American and colonial American land battles in the Mid-Hudson Valley during the late colonial era. Dr. Merrell was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 and a two-time winner of the Bancroft Prize for his works in early American history.

The Handel-Krom Lecture Series in Hudson River Valley History was established through the generosity of community leaders Bernard and Shirley Handel and Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert A. Krom, US Army, Retired to promote knowledge and appreciation for the rich history of this unique and important region of America.

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