The Duke Center for Reconciliation, in partnership with the Conflict Transformation Ministries of the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church, will host a discussion and brown-bag lunch with Dr. Tema Okun, a faculty member with the Equity Fellows Program at Duke University.
The discussion will focus on how white supremacy culture is reproduced by all the institutions of society. In particular the media, the education system, Western science, and the Christian church have played central roles in reproducing the idea of white supremacy (i.e. that white is "normal," "better," "smarter," and "holy" in contrast to black and other people and communities of color. Okun will address the following questions: What implications does this cultural reality have for our life together? What can each of us do to develop a deeper understanding of how white supremacy culture runs counter to the gospel call to reconciliation and how we can work toward dismantling racism?
This event is part of a year-long series of conversations about conflict transformation to help the Divinity School community understand the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. In addition to giving a short presentation and engaging participants’ questions, speakers will provide practical resources and lists of materials to help equip participants in the journey to be more self-aware and more confident as they work in and on conflict.
The Divinity School's Hispanic House of Studies, Methodist House of Studies, and Thriving Rural Communities initiative are co-sponsoring the series.