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WVU historian to give reading

7 p.m. / Betty Boyd Lounge, E. Moore Hall


Why does race still matter?

7:30 p.m. / Mountainlair Ballrooms

George Yancy explores some of the white racist vitriol that he received after writing "Dear White America," which he characterizes as a letter of love that he wrote for The New York Times' philosophy column, "The Stone." He argues that white readers failed to become what he calls "un-sutured," which is a certain embodied and psychological form of undergoing vulnerability and openness. Hence, Yancy argues that whiteness is a form of suturing, which implies an embodied and psychological form of remaining untouched by racialized voices that exist "outside" of one's monochromatic racial white formation. Yancy argues that love, which he sees as a form of unmasking, will be necessary to encourage white forms of un-suturing and unmasking. He will draw from his recent authored book, "Backlash." This Festival of Ideas event is co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the WVU Humanities Center


Women's and Gender Studies Fair

2 p.m. - 5 p.m. / Mountainlair Ballrooms

During the semi-annual women's and gender studies fair, students will showcase knowledge they’ve gained inside and outside of the classroom on a wide range of social issues. The event allows students to make connections between classroom knowledge and real-world applications and share what they've learned with the campus community.