How to be Less Stupid about Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide

1:00 P.M. – 2:15 P.M.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

IU Cinema
1213 E. 7th St., Bloomington, IN 47406

This lecture is part of the IU Black Film Center/Archive's Lecture series "Before Representation: Examining Visual Technologies of Race, Media, and Meaning." It is presented here in conjunction with the fall exhibition Out of Easy Reach at IU's Grunwald Gallery

Dr. Crystal Fleming, Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, SUNY Stony Brook delivers a talk in which the author provides the conceptual tools to recognize and unpack systemic racism and white supremacy in accessible language that will be useful for everyone.  Dr. Fleming’s book, How to be Less Stupid about Race combines memoir, critical race theory, social commentary and satire to debunk common misconceptions about racism. Such research opens up fresh thinking on current topics such as #OscarsSoWhite and Hollywood’s efforts at inclusion. A public intellectual known for her frank talk and insouciant humor, Dr. Fleming's provocative writing and speaking engage a broad range of scholarly and personal topics, from racism and white supremacy to politics, spirituality, feminism, (bi)sexuality and philosophy. Her essays and op-eds can be found in popular venues like VoxThe RootEveryday Feminism, and Huffington Post.