Statement by Wheaton College Faculty Regarding the August 2017 “Unite the Right” Marches in Charlottesville, Virginia

Below please find a statement by more than 150 Wheaton College faculty. A PDF of this document is available here.Signatures were solicited at a recent meeting of the faculty and online. It is possible that some faculty were not aware of the opportunity to sign the statement. Others may have agreed and wanted to sign, …

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On Charlottesville

It’s mid-August, and like schools across the country Wheaton College will soon kick off its fall semester. Also like schools across the country, we have our share of annual pre-semester rituals and events. Orientation sessions and on-campus job fairs and banquets and… professional development workshops for faculty.Today’s faculty development workshop was focused on diversity and …

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Collecting thoughts on the #BaltimoreRiots

Just a post to collect in one place a few of my thoughts on the #BaltimoreRiots.Learning from Janet Abu-Lughod about comparing riots“The Western District Way:” Reflections on Freddie Gray & The WireChristian Baptism & the Messy Necessity of Solidarity (a talk on Ferguson, Cleveland, & New York – I’d reiterate it now)

Comparing riots, learning from Janet Abu-Lughod

Check out these images from largely sports-related riots in the U.S. and Canada over the past 22 years and compare our reactions to these riots with our reactions to protests in Ferguson and Baltimore over the past year.When I look at these photos, I’m reminded of Janet Abu-Lughod’s book Race, Space, & Riots in Chicago, …

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Race, “white privilege,” and student success

Tonight I moderated a Student Government-sponsored discussion of race and diversity on campus. Turnout was terrific–it’s always good to have more students than chairs. My job was fairly easy: Introduce the topic and its importance, describe how the evening would unfold, encourage a certain attitude toward participation, monitor four small group discussions, and then help …

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