Events Calendar

May 7, 2014

White Privilege & Practices of Social Justice: A Symposium

Description: White Privilege and Practices of Social Justice: A Symposium, is sponsored by National Alliance of Pan African Seminarians (NAPAS) at Iliff and will provide honest dialogue and practical skill-building for participants concerned with dismantling systems of oppression that directly and indirectly implicate various social institutions in the United States.

White privilege is the other side of racism that benefits those commonly understood as white and thereby oppressing those who are not white. This symposium seeks to examine the presence and impacts of white privilege on theologically centered social justice practices to allow participants to explore issues of white privilege, race/racism, diversity, sexism, religion/ religious normativity, social justice.

The half-day symposium will begin with an opening address by Jah Latchmen, NAPAS president, and will include screening films “White Like Me” and “Cracking the Codes,” each followed by discussion. A panel will discuss the topic “Resisting Theologies of Whiteness as Social Justice Practitioners” moderated by Heike Peckruhn, Ph.D, Iliff and DU Instructor.

Date: Wednesday, May 7, Noon-9 p.m.

Symposium Agenda

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch Break
Opening Address: NAPAS President Jah Latchman, J.D.

1-2:30 p.m. Film Screening: “White Like Me” & Talk Back
In this completely revised, “Remix” version of his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me, Tim Wise explores how racial identity and whiteness influence the lives of white Americans, by examining how they have impacted his own life. Wise examines what it means to be white in a nation created for the benefit of those who are “white like him,” and how privilege seeps into every institutional arrangement, from education to employment to the justice system. Importantly, he also discusses the ways that white privilege can ultimately harm its recipients in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. Through personal storytelling and convincing analysis, Wise makes the case that racial inequity and white privilege are real and persistent threats to personal and collective well-being, but that resistance to white supremacy and racism is possible.

3-4 p.m. Film Screening: “Cracking the Codes” & Talk Back
From Shakti Butler, the director of “The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America”and
“Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible,” comes a new film that asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity features moving stories from racial justice leaders including Amer Ahmed, Michael Benitez, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Ericka Huggins, Humaira Jackson, Yuko Kodama, Peggy McIntosh, Rinku Sen, Tilman Smith and Tim Wise.

4-5 p.m. Dinner Break

5-7 p.m. Panel: Resisting Theologies of Whiteness as Social Justice Practitioners

Miguel de la Torre, Ph.D, Iliff Professor of Social Ethics
Marilyn Stranske, Together Colorado Organizer
Bruce McCluggage, Instructor Pikes Peak Community College
Felicia George, Doctoral Student ILIFF/DU
Joshua Bartholemew, Doctoral Student ILIFF/DU
Moderator: Heike Peckruhn, Ph.D, Iliff and DU Instructor

7-9 p.m. Keynote & Book Signing:
Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hiphop
Stephany Rose, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor UCCS, Iliff MDiv. Student

Symposium Speakers:

Keynote Speaker & Book Signing: Stephany Rose, Ph. D., author of Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hiphop, is an activist, public commentator, and an assistant professor of Women’s and Ethnic Studies at is an activist, public commentator, and an assistant professor of Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. With a B.A. and M. A. in Literature from Clark Atlanta University and Purdue University, respectively, as well as a Ph. D. in American Studies from Purdue University, she specializes in critical race and gender studies, English literature, and American popular culture. An interdisciplinary scholar and a social justice activist, Dr. Rose is often called upon to consult on issues concerning race and gender dynamics in American popular culture and society.

Panelists – 5-7 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre is Professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies at Iliff. Additionally, he was elected as the 2012 President of the Society of Christian Ethics. Dr. De La Torre has received several national book awards and is a frequent speaker at national scholarly religious events and meetings. He also speaks at churches and nonprofit organizations on topics concerning the intersection of race, class and gender with religion.

Marilyn Stranske is a community activist, advocate and organizer. With over thirty years of experience, Stranske has engaged in faith-based community organizing throughout the country, with her most recent position being with Together Colorado. At Together Colorado, the local state affiliate to the national PICO network, Stranske spearheaded the statewide initiative to bring clergy and faith leaders of various traditions together in a day of fellowship, training and action to address issues of financial and legal injustice, education, healthcare and other systemic forms of injustice.

Bruce McCluggage is an instructor of philosophy at Pikes Peak Community College. McCluggage received his M.A. in intercultural studies from Fuller Seminary. He is a former Campus Crusade for Christ staff member who served in California, Washington, Idaho, and several Pacific Rim countries. Thus, he brings decades of college campus ministry experience to his teaching and community involvement.

Felicia M. George holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Houston and a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law. Prior to entering the Iliff/DU Joint PhD Program in Religion and Social Change, she received a Masters in Divinity from Iliff. George’s focus is primarily on ethics, law and religious studies as they relate to mass incarceration, capital punishment and penal reform. Prior to her doctoral studies she served as a Colorado Public Defender, an Assistant Attorney General, as well a magistrate in Denver District Drug Court.

Joshua Bartholomew, a Trinidad and Tobago native, grew up in Roxbury, Boston, MA, earned a bachelors degree in psychology and a minor in theology from Fordham University, a Masters of Divinity in Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary, and is now a third-year Iliff/University of Denver doctoral student studying Religion and Social Change. Bartholomew’s areas of concentration include ethics, the critical study of religion, Post Colonial studies, economics, and an ongoing analysis of the ways in which applied capitalistic ideals shape religion as it relates to inter-communal ethics and globalization.

Moderator: Heike Peckruhn, Ph.D., from Germany with Mennonite roots and bi-racial parentage, holds a PhD in Religious and Theological Studies and focuses on theology and gender studies. Currently, she is teaching courses in theology at Iliff School of Theology, and also offers classes on religion, gender, and sexuality at the University of Denver.

Location: Iliff School of Theology, 2323 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80210

Info/Contact: Register online:
Info: Jah Latchman, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)