Facing Whiteness

According to the 2010 Census, 77% of Americans identify as “white.” Despite this fact, white Americans generally think of “race” as primarily pertaining to racial and ethnic minorities. By surveying and interviewing white participants from three parts of the country,  Facing Whiteness  explores the ways that a diverse group of white Americans understand the i r own racial and ethnic identities. A collaboration with filmmaker Whitney Dow, this interdisciplinary project between the social sciences and humanities seeks to engage in an open discussion about whiteness in America , motivated by the idea that "not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can b e changed until it is faced" (James Baldwin).

Program Contact: Sam Lutzker

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