MMU to host anti-racism activist, writer Tim Wise Sept. 12

Mount Mercy University will host Tim Wise, a prominent voice on racism, inequality, and white privilege, on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy, Busse Center. Wise has spent the past 25 years educating others on topics related to racism and has given speeches at over 600 college campuses.

His presentation, titled Great White Hoax: Racism, Divide-and-Conquer, and the Politics of Trumpism, will focus on racism in America since the recent presidential election, with a connection to America’s historical roots. Wise will explore how racial conflicts in today’s world and the rise of “Trumpism” has changed society as we know it.

“As a values-based institution focused on the pursuit of truth and dignity, lifelong learning, and justice, Mr. Wise can help us better understand what equity is and how we’re able to incorporate practices in our daily lives,” said Tiffany Leschke, director of student engagement. “He has an ability to combine historical context with the current political climate to show why this election has been rooted in oppression and white privilege, and how as a community, we can learn to understand and grow to support people from all walks of life.”

Throughout his career, Wise has lectured around the world and helped educate corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, medical and military professionals on how to reduce racism in their fields of expertise. Wise has authored several essays about current social issues, as well as several books, including his best known, “White Like Me.”

Presented by Mount Mercy University Student Engagement in partnership with Mount Mercy’s 2017 Fall Faculty Series and Visiting Writers Series.

The event is free and open to the public; seating may be limited. 

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