‘Speaking Treason’

The subject of race is obviously major in the current election, but most commentators back off discussing it (other than a few references to the “Bradley Factor”). Not so anti-racist activist and writer Tim Wise, who feels it’s crucial to deal with the issue head on, especially now. His essay “This is Your Nation on White Privilege” appeared on nearly a thousand web sites in the past few weeks and has drawn heated response. The author appeared on the Tavis Smiley show last week, NPR’s News & Notes (check it out; it’s powerful stuff) the week before, and on All Things Considered this summer.

Wise’s most recent book is a collection of essays Speaking Treason Fluently, owned by just a few libraries. Its only prepub coverage was in PW‘s web-exclusive reviews, where it was described as “bold and bracing.”


Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male

by Tim Wise

  • Paperback: $16.95; 352 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (September 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1593762070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593762070
Of Wise’s earlier memoir (owned more widely by libraries), PW said,
Wise works from anecdote … to recount his path to greater cultural awareness in a colloquial, matter-of-fact quasi-memoir that urges white people to fight racism “for our own sake.”
White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
Tim Wise
  • Paperback: $14.95; 176 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press; 2nd edition (December 28, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1933368993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933368993

Wise has a huge speaking schedule coming up. I’m posting it here (sorry for the length), since it doesn’t seem to be available online. If he’s going to be in your area, you may need to stock up on copies of his books:

10/21/08: Northampton, MA  Smith College
10/22/08 – 10/23/08: Philadephia, PA  St. Joseph’s College
10/26/08: Minneapolis, MN  Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
10/27/08: Duluth, MN  University of Minnesota
10/28/08: San Marcos, TX  Texas State University
11/1/08: Chicago, IL  Target Area Conference
11/6/08: Akron, OH  Mt. Union College
11/7/08: Green Bay, WI  University of Wisconsin
11/8/08: Milwaukee, WI  Call To Action Conference
11/10/08: Louisville, KY  University of Louisville
11/13/08: Lincoln, NE  Nebraska Wesleyan University
11/17/08: Nashville, TN 
11/18/08: Memphis, TN  Rhodes College
12/1/08: Farmington, CT  Miss Porter’s School
12/13/08: Nashville, TN  Harambee Institute Training – Scaritt Bennett Center
01/13/09: Edina, MN  West Metro Education Program
01/19/09: Evanston, IL  Northwestern University
01/21/09: Williamsport, PA  Penn College
01/27/09: Bethlehem, PA  Moravian College
01/28/09: St. Louis, MO  Maryville University
01/30/09: Chattanooga, TN  McCallie School
02/3/09: University Heights, OH  John Carroll University
02/5/09: Williamstown, MA  Williams College
02/10/09: Worcester, MA  Clark University
02/11/09 – 02/12/09: Boston, MA  Berklee College of Music
02/11/09: North Easton, MA  Stonehill College
02/13/09: Chicago, IL  Independents Schools Association of the Central States
02/16/09: Towson, MD  Towson University
02/17/09: Overland Park, KS  Johnson County Community College
02/18/09: Moraga, CA  Saint Mary’s College of California
02/19/09: Oakland, CA  SPEAK OUT Public Event
02/26/09: Baltimore, MD  Towson State University
02/28/09 – 03/1/09: Greencastle, IN  DePauw University
03/5/09 – 03/6/09: Washington, DC  Georgetown Day School
03/10/09: Reseda, CA  Cleveland High School
03/11/09: Salt Lake City, UT  University of Utah
03/13/09: Gary, IN  Indiana University-Northwest
03/20/09: Toledo, OH  State of the State Conference
03/28/09: Waco, TX  Baylor University
03/31/09: River Falls, WI  University of Wisconsin
04/1/09 – 04/4/09: Memphis, TN  White Privilege Conference
04/7/09: St. Paul, MN  University of St. Thomas
04/14/09: Boston, MA  Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation
04/17/09: Palatine, IL  William Rainey Harper College

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