Speaker: James M. Thomas (Associate Professor, University of Mississippi)
Title: Whiteness in Crisis?
Abstract: The social, economic, and political shocks of this new century have solidified Whites people’s material advantages. At the same time, those advantages are increasingly and publicly scrutinized. Drawing upon in-depth interviews with White people living in the American South – a region where the nation’s color line has arguably been drawn brighter than anywhere else - this project examines how White people are making sense of this moment, and their place within the American racial hierarchy today.