By Rebecca Mullins
Oct. 14, 2013. Tonight, anti-racist author and speaker Tim Wise is giving a speech on race in America at Appalachain State University. He is one of the leading voices for anti-racisim in a country still plagued by old ideas. He is the author of six books including, “Dear White America,” “White Like Me,” and “Color Blind.” He has spoken in all 50 states and at over 800 college and high school campuses.
Tim Wise is giving his lecture at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14, in the Parkway Ballroom of Plemmon’s Student Union. Following the speech, he will be answering questions by the audience. The event is free to attend and open to the public.
“My sense is that he’ll cover a lot of ground. He’ll probably refer to some of the examples that he’s seen growing up and traveling around the country. This will be how he sees race relations in America,” said Augusto Peña, Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Development at ASU.
Tim Wise grew up in Nashville, TN, as part of the privileged class. Peña hopes that with such a similar background to the marjority of students at Appalachian, Wise will be able to make a meaningful connection with the students through his speech.
“This could be a point for some of our students that they can become more aware about their place and themselves and the people around them,” commented Peña.
According to Peña, ASU has been considering Tim Wise as a speaker for the annual Diversity Lecture Series for a few years. Due to his proximity to campus this week, the school was had the chance to book him for a lecture. Now the whole community has the extraordinary opportunity to hear what he has to say.
Each speech is fresh and current since Wise constantly incorporates new stories and examples from the things he encounters day to day. Tonight’s speech is sure to be one of a kind.