Critical Education Series: Faculty & Staff Reading Group

Dear faculty & staff colleagues,

I present to you an opportunity for participation in the first faculty & staff reading group of the 2019-2020 academic year in the Critical Education Series, which is generously funded as part of a Justice, Equality, and Community Mellon curricular grant. This series was developed in the spirit of creating opportunities to enhance, expand, and focus our ongoing educational experiences critically around justice, equality, and community topics. The series intends to reach a wide Davidson faculty and staff audience for book discussions with guidance from (inter)disciplinary experts on our campus.

Dr. Trent Foley, Professor of Religious Studies, trained intergroup dialogues facilitator, and three-time co-teacher of Davidson’s EDU 210: Dialogues on Race & Racism, will facilitate a two-part discussion on Associate Professor of Education, Robin DiAngelo’s book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.

The two-part discussion will take place during common hour (11:05 a.m.) on the following two dates: Thursday, Oct. 24 and Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019.

Each group member will receive a copy of the book well in advance of the discussions. Lunch will be provided at each session. Interested faculty and staff should contact me directly to join the group by Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. I will communicate to distribute the books and give further details about the discussion session locations.   

For more information about Trent Foley:

For more information about Robin DiAngelo:

For a preview of the book:

Thank you!

Amanda R. Martinez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Communication Studies & Sociology

Chair, Communication Studies Department

Co-Chair, Faculty of Color Caucus

Co-Founder & Collaborator, Davidson Microaggressions Project

Davidson College

Mail: 209 Ridge. Rd. Box 6957 Davidson, NC 28035