Marlboro College


Gail Griffin Explores “Invisible Whiteness” at Marlboro College

Marlboro, VT—Dr. Gail Griffin will discuss how whiteness is an integral but invisible element of racism in America on Monday, February 14, at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College.

Griffin, professor of English at Kalamazoo College, argues that if “racism is our most complicated and painful discourse,” then “whiteness is the unnamed, unmarked presence haunting the conversation.” In her discussion, “Teaching Whiteness,” Griffin will explore how this unacknowledged concept of whiteness contributes to the precarious nature of American racism.

Griffin is chair of the Women’s Studies Department at Kalamazoo College, where she has worked since 1977. She earned her Ph.D. and her M.A. in English from the University of Virginia, her B.A. from Northwestern University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Griffin’s discussion is based on essays she has written as part of End of Innocence: Teaching Whiteness, now in manuscript. Griffin has published many articles and poems, including two books of essays, Season of the Witch: Border Lines, Marginal Notes and Calling: Essays on Teaching in the Mother Tongue. Among her awards for teaching, scholarship, creative work and service, Griffin has received the CASE/Carnegie Foundation Michigan Professor of the Year in 1995, the Florence J. Lucasse Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Work, the John D. MacArthur Scholar Award and the Kalamazoo YWCA Women of Achievement “Spotlight” Award.

Her lecture is part of Marlboro College’s Spring Monday Night Lecture Series, “Education and Engagement.” Lectures are funded by the Thomas Thompson Trust and an anonymous donor.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.


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