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Wise, Keisling to speak on cultural awareness

03/15/2012
As part of its observance of Cultural Awareness Week, Monmouth College will host Tim Wise and Mara Keisling, a pair of speakers who are no strangers to the national stage. Both of their talks are free and open to the public.

Author of “White Like Me,” Wise will speak on March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Finley Lecture Hall, located on the first floor of Haldeman-Thiessen Science Center. Titled “Affirmative Action for Dummies,” his talk will discuss affirmative action as it relates to education and its impact.

One of the most prominent antiracist essayists, educators and activists in the U.S., Wise has appeared regularly on radio and television as a guest commentator on race issues. The latest of his five books is “Color-Blind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equality.”

On March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room in Stockdale Center, Keisling will speak about “The Politics of LGBTQ.” A transgender rights activist, Keisling was the founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. She will discuss creating a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ youth.

A graduate of Penn State University, Keisling did her graduate studies in American government at Harvard University. She has more than 25 years of experience in social marketing and opinion research.