Archive - Tim Wise

Tim Wise
It's difficult to talk about racism, and even harder to laugh, but Tim Wise manages to make us comfortable to do both.  Healing Racism in Anchorage brought Tim Wise to town September 13-15, 2010.

[Tim's visit was packed with activities and getting to meet with and speak to many Alaskans.  Thanks to everyone who helped make this a big success!! There are still some activities - white in the right hand column - coming up related to his visit.]

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S., and has been called, "One of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation," by best-selling author and professor Michael Eric Dyson, of Georgetown University.

Wise has spoken in 48 states, and on over 400 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford, and the Law Schools at Yale and Columbia, and has spoken to community groups around the nation.

Wise has provided anti-racism training to teachers nationwide, and has trained physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care. He has also trained corporate, government, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.

Wise is the 2008 Oliver L. Brown Distinguished Visiting Scholar for Diversity Issues at Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas: an honor named for the lead plaintiff in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. In 2005 and 2006, Wise provided training on issues of racial privilege and institutional bias at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), at Patrick Air Force Base. From 1999-2003, Wise was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, in Nashville, and in the early '90s was Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized for the purpose of defeating neo-Nazi political candidate, David Duke.

Wise is the author of
  • White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White.
  • A collection of his essays, Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male
  • Between Barack and a Hard Place: Race and Whiteness in the Age of Obama

He received the 2001 British Diversity Award for best essay on race issues, and his writings have appeared in dozens of popular, professional and scholarly journals. Wise has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs, worldwide.

Wise has a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University, where his anti-apartheid work received global attention and the thanks of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He received training in methods for dismantling racism from the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans. He and his wife Kristy are the proud parents of two daughters.

Civil Rights Film Part of Elizabeth Peratrovich Day Celebration
The film For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska was shown at UAA in celebration of Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, February 16th.  This film tells the story and history of the civil rights effort in Alaska. A panel discussion afterwards contributed to discussion on racism and race relations issues in Alaska.  If you want to know more about this film, contact the HRA Administrator, Diane Benson. (Diane worked on the film with Blueberry Productions!).

HRA brings in speakers of
wit and insight

For 2011- HRA is hard at work to bring another speaker who can add to our understanding of racism.  When we have a firm commitment, we will let you know.

HRA has a history of bringing to Anchorage some of the best speakers and educators on healing racism.

Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria," and featured on CNN responded to HRA's request  and was brought to Alaska to inspire with her words and to facilitate workshops for HRA and the Anchorage School District.  Teachers, students and public alike benefitted by her gifted presentations. 

In 2009 Dr. Brokenleg, a renown speaker, empowered audiences with his teachings of humanity and spirit.

Main Tim Wise Events

Monday, September 13,
"Authentic Discussions about Racism**(max.35  people)
5:15- 8:30pm

Tuesday, September 14
Tim Wise - a public talk at UAA's Wendy Wiliiamson Auditorium
7:30 pm   FREE
7:30 is the Correct Time.

Thursday, September 16
UAA Debate Team will debate:
"Time has come to abandon race-based preferences in university admissions"
UAA Library 307

Wed. Sept. 29
The  film and Discussion
"Anchorage is Our Home"
a Leadership Anchorage project  on stereotyping in Anchorage
Loussac Library, Marston Aud

Weds. Sept 22-Oct. 27
A  6 week course** for anyone interested in engaging more fully in the topic  of racism in our society and lives, beginning soon after Mr. Wise's  visit, date

for workshop and class registration info