Tim Wise to Speak on “Colorblindness” at USF

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 14, 2013)

Tim Wise, the nationally recognized diversity author, lecturer, and educator will speak at the University of San Francisco (USF) on Tues., Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m. This public discourse is based on his book, Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity (City Lights Publishers, 2010), and is free and open to the public.

"Tim Wise is a national leader in raising America's consciousness around race and privilege," said Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, associate vice provost for diversity engagement and community outreach at USF. "His unique perspective helps people understand the hidden biases and institutionalized racism that contributes to the lens of their own perspectives."

In his book, Wise argues that avoiding race conversations undermines the severity of inequities between white people and people of color. During his time at USF, Wise will speak about the harmful effects of colorblindness and what he calls "illuminated individualism" - acknowledging the diverse identities that have shaped peoples' perceptions and the role that race continues to play in the United States today.

"As a Jesuit University, we celebrate and promote diversity," said Wardell-Ghirarduzzi. "It is our goal to engage students, faculty, and the community in a honest, meaningful discussion about equality and inclusiveness. Those attending the February 26 talk should walk away with a higher self-awareness about individual bias and a greater understanding of how privilege continues to create inequalities in our society."

Wise is the author of six books, including most recently published Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (City Lights Publishers, 2012). He has spoken at more than 800 college and high school campuses on issues of race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market. Wise has also contributed essays to twenty-five books, and is one of several persons featured in White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five Personal Stories (Duke University Press Books, 2003). Wise has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN, and was featured in a segment on ABC's 20/20 in 2007.

The event will be held in the McLaren Conference Center room 250 on USF's main campus. All are welcome.

About the University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world's most innovative and diverse cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco's first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student's passion for social justice and a desire to "Change the World from Here." For more information, please visit www.usfca.edu.

To request media interviews with Mr. Wise or USF's Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, please contact Anne-Marie Devine, senior director of media relations at USF, 415.422.2697 or abdevine@usfca.edu.