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Discussing Whiteness

Resources for discussing whiteness - a guide to a series of discussions that started in the summer of 2016

Seeing White Podcast Circle

What is Seeing White?

This documentary podcast series from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Seeing White is a 14-part mini-series (30-45 min each) from the show Scene on Radio. The series looks to answer the questions: 

Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?

Hosts Jon Biewen and weekly guest host Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika delve into the historical origins of whiteness and racism in the US. The series looks at the history as well as the social constructs and emotional grappling that Americans engage in when discussing race and whiteness. Join us each week to discuss a new topic. 

How to get involved:

This podcast circle (think book circle but with podcasts) will meet weekly to examine the entire series from Sept. 28th to Nov. 2nd. See the schedule below for dates and readings. The first half of the episodes have transcripts, if you prefer.

While we welcome you to attend all of the sessions, you may listen on your own and/or attend any days that you are able. 

You can pre-register for sessions at the links below. Please come to the scheduled sessions prepared to discuss the episode. You can listen to the episodes or read the transcripts. 

All sessions meet Fridays at noon in Library 114. 

Schedule & List of Episodes

Complete list of episodes

Complete list of transcripts

Sept 28th - Parts 1, 2, & 3

  • Turning the Lens (16:30) - Audio, Transcript
  • How Race Was Made (28:50) - Audio, Transcript
  • Made in America (33:39) - Audio, Transcript

Oct 5th - Parts 4 & 5

  • On Crazy We Built a Nation (36:30) - Audio, Transcript
  • Little War on the Prairie (62:57) - Audio, Transcript

Oct 12th - Parts 6, 7 & 8

  • That's Not Us, So We're Clean (40:05) - Audio, Transcript
  • Chenjerai's Challenge (14:27) - Audio, Transcript
  • Skulls and Skin (45:56) - Audio, Transcript

Oct 19th - Parts 9 & 10

  • A Racial Cleansing in America (29:14) - Audio, Transcript
  • Citizen Thind (38:26) - Audio, Transcript

Oct 26th - Parts 11 & 12

  • Danger (45:53) - Audio, Transcript
  • My White Friends (40:17) - Audio, Transcript

Nov 2nd - Parts 13 & 14

  • White Affirmative Action (48:00) - Audio, Transcript
  • Transformation (44:11) - Audio, Transcript