Ongoing 2017/2018: Antidotes to White Fragility with Kat Roubos
White Fragility is defined by Robin DiAngelo as “A state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation (2011).”
What skills, tools and approaches are useful in encouraging white people to sustain balanced engagement with anti-racism/racial justice education and work? How can we cultivate resilience (as opposed to white fragility) in ourselves, our communities, and our movements? Resilience is, in part, defined as:
- Staying with the conversation
- Giving and receiving information and feedback from facilitators and peers without becoming highly defensive, reactive, or shut down/dissociated for long periods of time
- Managing the guilt and shame that can arise in learning about the history and current reality of race and racism in the US.
This workshop will explore the role of the body, community, spirituality, intellectual knowledge and other themes that you bring from your experience. We will cover basic information about how the brain and body responds to perceived threats, and explore how to work with this toward greater resilience in moments of challenge.
September 27th 2017: CIIS PUBLIC PROGRAMS: ZOË QUINN IN CONVERSATION WITH ZARA ZIMBARDO
“From trolling, to cyberbullying, to fake news, to threats, online abuse can and does happen to anyone. It’s designed to get someone to hide out of fear, and it can be devastating.
Instead of disappearing, Zoë fought back. She started Crash Override Network, a crisis hotline and advocacy group. After working for years with the biggest names in tech, law, media, and online security, as well as thousands of targets of online abuse, she is armed with a wealth of knowledge, which she has poured into her book CRASH OVERRIDE: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate. CRASH OVERRIDE is part fierce, funny memoir, part bold manifesto, and part field guide for combating online harassment.
Join Zoë for a rare public conversation with Zara Zimbardo about her experience at the center of the Gamergate controversy and her journey to overcome it by working to make the internet a better, safer place for everyone.”
June 11th 2017: Anti-Racist Organizing and Education Panel at summer intensive Linking Protest and Social Transformation: Social Ecology and the Future of Our Movements
The past year has brought disappointment and fear, but also powerful visions of the possible. Last November’s presidential election reinforced the worst of the status quo and brought new levels of racism and neo-fascism to the forefront. In 2017, the repressive excesses of the new presidential administration in the US have triggered an unprecedented and widespread popular uprising, including a resurgence of interest in the potential for rebel cities and towns to overturn regressive national policies. Now is the time to boldly assert our most transformative visions for a free and liberated society, amidst the failure of neoliberalism and the threats posed by resurgent white supremacy, nationalism and misogyny.
June 3rd 2017: The Intersectional Dilemma workshop at the 22nd Annual Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed Conference Breaking the Silence: From Rebellion to Waging Love
Each year, PTO supports a local organizing team to host an annual gathering of hundreds of educators, activists, change makers, actors and non-actors from all over the world. We come together to connect with each other, create solutions and art, and challenge each other to empower our communities and problem-solve in innovative ways.
May 18-19 2017: LAPES (Latin American Philosophy of Education Society) Presentation with Partners for Collaborative Change: Coliberate Process: Hybrid of Theatre and Participatory Action Research
The Coliberate curriculum dynamically combines methods of Popular Education including Participatory Action research and Theatre of the Oppressed. Coliberate brings people together to:
- Define for themselves what problems they face in their community
- Find solutions or steps for addressing the problem through creatively engaging their peers to collect data
- Implement those solutions through strategic and informed actions
- It’s a model of community organizing that builds the capacity of people on the front-line of a problem to take leadership in creating change that works for them
April 18 2017: Interrupting Patterns of White Feminism, SURJ Political Education webinar
In this movement moment when millions of white cis-women* are becoming mobilized and radicalized in opposition to Trump, how can we push the movement to organize beyond white middle class cis-women issues and towards racial justice? What common and historical patterns of white feminism should we make conscious and disrupt — now and for the long haul? Offered by members of the White Noise Collective.
Jan. 10 2017: White Educators for Racial Justice @ Chapter 510 & The Dept. of Make Believe
“Throughline: No one challenged me to examine my privileges, and I didn’t need to challenge them because my privileges worked for me. (Takacs) Solidarity… is not the same thing as empathy. (hooks)
Although this group is open to educators of all identities and racial affiliations, it should be noted that considerable time will be used to address white educators’ racial literacy.
Special Guest Facilitation by Zara Zimbardo of the White Noise Collective. Learning from her work to set intentions for our work together, moving forward.”
Dec. 15 2017 ZAHRA NOORBAKHSH IN CONVERSATION WITH ZARA ZIMBARDO
“In today’s political and social climate, being Muslim can be a lot of things but “funny” isn’t typically thought of as one of them. Enter Zahra Noorbakhsh, feminist Muslim satirist and comedian. Zahra has been busting stereotypes and getting laughs for almost a decade now, selling out houses for her shows “All Atheists are Muslim” and “Hijab & Hammerpants.”
She takes the humorous road when it comes to countering Islamophobia. Cohost of the internationally acclaimed podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, and a contributor to the anthology, Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women, Zahra has stories to tell and eyebrows to raise. Listen in as she talks with Zara Zimbardo about her background, her highs and lows, and doing what she does in today’s climate of fear.”
Dec. 1 2016 BIG IDEAS AT CIIS WITH ZARA ZIMBARDO
“In recent years zombies and the zombie apocalypse have loomed large in the collective American imagination. From film and television, to theme parties and marathons, zombies have even been used in counter terrorism training and course curricula from elementary to college levels to teach topics from geography to public health to sociology. As recurrent monsters in the history of capitalism, with origins in New World slavery in Haiti, zombies reflect what is monstrous in an economic system “that seems designed to eat people whole” (Newitz).
As the political unconscious of late-era capitalism, what does this increasingly normalized pop culture obsession point to? What apocalyptic futures are we repeatedly rehearsing, and how do they signal both despair of, and hope for, fundamental change?
This talk examines representations of zombies in popular culture, draws out historical connections and diverse monster theories that help us see how we—in the United States in particular—are processing and making sense of systemic social and environmental horror.”