November 5, 2016

Featured Speaker

Erin Winkler

Rethinking Racism:  Why How We Think and Talk about Race Matters

Erin N. Winkler is associate professor and chair of the Department of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also serves on the Advisory boards of Childhood and Adolescent Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino/a Studies. In addition, she is affiliated with the departments of Urban Studies and Women’s Studies. Winkler earned her Ph.D. in African American Studies at the University of California-Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow in African American Studies at Northwestern University. She is author of the book Learning Race, Learning Place: Shaping Racial Identities and Ideas in African American Childhoods

Winkler Staff Page

21 photo(s) Updated on: November 05, 2016
  • Erin Winkler, Jeremiah Boss, and Miranda Salguero
  • Speakers Erin Winkler (left) and Fabu Carter (right) with Jeremiah Boss, a LaFollette HS student who is Fabu's menthe
  • Fabu Carter talks with Mwezi O'Malley and Wesley Underhill (Youth Grants recipients) before the meeting
  • PA speaker Fabu Carter speaks with Youth Grants recipients at the pre-meeting reception
  • Youth Grants recipients and their advisors: Chad Warren, Leigh Vierstra, Wesley Underhill, Mwezi O'Malley, Rachel Muldrow, and Siara Williams
  • Club members enjoy conversation before the meeting starts
  • Youth Grants Chairs Deanna Fischer and Theresa Calderon with November's Youth Grants recipients from East High School
  • Mwezi O'Malley of East HS thanks the Club for the $1000 grant, which will help with their trip to Kenya next summer.
  • Miranda with Deanna Fischer, Theresa Calderon, and East High Youth Grant recipients.
  • PA Speaker former Madison Poet Laureate Fabu Carter
  • Public Affairs speaker Fabu Carter shares several of her own poems and talks about the history of African-Americans in Wisconsin as well as personal experiences with racism
  • President Miranda Salguero introduces speaker Erin Winkler
  • Professor Erin Winkler
  • November speaker Professor Erin Winkler talks about origins and degrees of racial bias in America
  • The cover of Professor Winkler's book on shaping racial identities in African-American children
  • these 2 captions under photos after Hurricane Katrina show implicit bias: the African-American person was described as looting, as opposed to the white people
  • Youth grants recipients Mwezi O'Malley and Wesley Underhill draw the winning raffle tickets
  • Joanne Cantor won an American Girl doll in the raffle, and said her daughter-in-law is expecting a girl in March!
  • Youth Grant recipient Wesley Underhill reads a winning lottery ticket as Youth Grants Co-Chair Theresa Calderon looks on
  • Former President Linda Berman is the winner of the raffle prize of chocolates from The Chocolate Caper in Oregon
  • Erin Winkler answers audience questions

Youth Grant

Applications for Youth Grant awards are accepted throughout the season. Please see our Youth Grants page for application and deadline information.

Public Affairs Speaker

Fabu Carter

Writer, Educator, Outreach Specialist
Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center  

Fabu, as she is professionally known, is a poet, columnist, storyteller, and educator who writes to encourage, inspire and remind. The Madison Poet Laureate (2008-2012), she continues to share experiences living in the South, the Midwest and in Africa. A scholar of African American Literature, Fabu published three books of poetry, Poems, Dreams and Roses, In Our Own Tongues and Journey to Wisconsin: African American Life in Haiku. Journey to Wisconsin…won an Outstanding Achievement in Poetry award by the Wisconsin Library Association. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee in poetry and her words have appeared in numerous literary journals. In addition, Fabu recently received an Outstanding Women of Color award from UW-Madison.

Fabu's Web site


Thanks to the Madison Public Library for compiling this list of resources for those who would like to read more on this topic. 

Anderson, Carol. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2016.

Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. New York: Nation Books, 2016. 

Tochluk, Shelly. Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2010. 

Trillin, Calvin. Jackson 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America. New York: Random House, 2016. 

Ward, Jesmyn. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race. New York: Scribner, 2016. 

Watson, Benjamin and Ken Petersen. Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race – and Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us. Carol Stream, Illinois: Tyndale Momentum, an imprint Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2015. 

Williams, Chad Louis, Kidada E. Williams and Keisha N. Blain. Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2016.

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