Wellesley scholar to discuss race and privilege

Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, will discuss White People Learning About People of Color: Learning About Themselves at noon Tuesday, March 6, at Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College St. The public is invited to attend free of charge. Founder and director of the National S.E.E.D. Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), McIntosh consults widely throughout the United States and the world with educators who are creating gender-fair and multicultural curricula.

She published the groundbreaking White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies in 1988. This analysis and its shorter version White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack in 1989, have been instrumental in putting the dimension of privilege into U.S. discussions of gender, race and sexuality.

McIntosh has taught at The Brearley School, Harvard University, Trinity College (Washington, D.C.), the University of Durham (England) and Wellesley. Co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and consulting editor to Sage: Scholarly Journal on Black Women, she recently received the Klingenstein Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership from Columbia Teachers College.

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