Can We Talk about Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation by Beverly Daniel TatumBeverly Daniel Tatum emerged on the national scene in 1997 with Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, a book that spoke to a wide audience about the psychological dynamics of race relations in America. Tatums unique ability to get people talking about race captured the attention of many, from Oprah Winfrey to President Clinton, who invited her to join him in his nationally televised dialogues on race.
In her first book since that pathbreaking success, Tatum starts with a warning call about the increasing but underreported resegregation of America. A self-described integration baby--she was born in 1954--Tatum sees our growing isolation from each other as deeply problematic, and she believes that schools can be key institutions for forging connections across the racial divide.
In this ambitious, accessible book, Tatum examines some of the most resonant issues in American education and race relations:
-The need of African American students to see themselves reflected in curricula and institutions
-How unexamined racial attitudes can negatively affect minority-student achievement
-The possibilities--and complications--of intimate crossracial friendships
Tatum approaches all these topics with the blend of analysis and storytelling that make her one of our most persuasive and engaging commentators on race.
Can We Talk About Race? launches a collaborative lecture and book series between Beacon Press and Simmons College, which aims to reinvigorate a crucial national public conversation on race, education and democracy.
What Tatum seeks to do above all is trigger sometimes challenging discussions about race, and infuse those discussions with a reality-based focus on how race affects us all. Her latest book does that beautifully, asking touch questions, and patiently, inclusively seeking answers. --Boston Globe
Beverly Daniel Tatum is author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Assimilation Blues. She is currently president of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she lives with her husband.
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In light of the racially motivated Pittsburgh shootings, ongoing turmoil over Silent Sam, and other recent highly charged public events, there is a pressing need for enhanced and integrated attention to race and ethnicity in UNC School of Medicine curriculum. Students in the Racial Equity in Medicine Elective REME strive to not only engage with the research that illuminates the biases in medical education and practice, but they also design projects to dismantle systems of oppression within UNC School of Medicine. Many REME student projects address education and share a goal to enrich the existing curriculum with a racial education that is more longitudinal, engaging, and effective. Art is the ideal vehicle to present contentious topics for the same reason that these topics are difficult to talk about —— both carry an emotional charge. Using art as a means to confront race is one of many innovations we can employ to enrich medical school racial education. The pilot took place at the Ackland Art Museum on December 13th, Conversation was facilitated by students in the Racial Equity in Medicine Elective and academic specialists from the Ackland Art Museum.
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