MIXED MEDIA

SPEAK OUT WITH TIM WISE

From left to right:
Kahled Al-Hakim, me, Tim Wise and Amer Ahmed

On this episode, taped live at the 2019 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, Tim and his guests discuss the need for solidarity between Jews and Muslims in the face of growing white nationalism, fueled by deep-seated anti-Semitism as well as Islamophobia.

An open letter to elected officials, urban planners and developers for Star Tribune–

More density is not humane. Please explain why bigger is better.

As a 67-year-old, white, retired university professor, I write in the name of the common humanity of all Minneapolis residents. I moved here more than 30 years ago from New York City to become a professor. I chose Minneapolis because it was an affordable and livable city. Today, it is no longer affordable and less livable than ever. As a former chair of the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights, I believe that we, as residents, need to always voice our concerns about the future of our city. 

Rhetoric Review: Whiteness Studies

Rhetoric Review: Whiteness Studies
The idea of a symposium on whiteness studies occurred to Tammie Kennedy, a doctoral student and intern at Rhetoric Review, after she attended a 2004 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) panel on whiteness. Organized by Joyce Irene Middleton, this panel featured Kathleen Welch, Laura Gurak, Michelle Kendrick, and Kris Ratcliffe. The panel’s focus was the matter of whiteness. The matter of the title nods to Judith Butler’s Bodies That Matter, Cornel West’s Race Matters, Ruth Frankenberg’s White Women Race Matters, and Toni Morrison’s “Black Matters”—all of which play with the term matter so that it signifies in three distinct ways: First, it signifies that bodies matter (everyone’s body has value); second, it signifies that bodies are composed of matter (bodies are material entities); and third, it signifies that the matters associated with bodies emerge via cultural socialization (bodies are marked, or coded, by socially constructed cultural categories such as gender, race, class, age, nationality, etc.).